By Ibukun Emiola, Ibadan.
Prof. Abiodun Otegbayo, the Chief Medical Director, University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, has called for the removal of bottlenecks inhibiting the replacement of workforce, due to mass exodus of health workers from the teaching hospital.
Otegbayo made the call at a news conference marking the 65th Founder’s Day celebration of the foremost tertiary health institution in Ibadan, on Monday.
According to him: “Every week, I signed resignation letters of 15 health workers at the institution, who are mostly clinicians, that is, Nurses, Doctors and Pharmacists, among others.”
Otegbayo said that from 2020 to Oct. 15, 2022, no fewer than 600 clinical staff had left the hospital, noting that bureaucratic bottlenecks had been hindering their replacement.
He said that there was an acute shortage of manpower, due to push and pull factors such as poor welfare of workers and insecurity, among others.
He reiterated that UCH had been committed to effective healthcare delivery in Nigeria and West African Sub-region.
The chief medical director said the teaching hospital would continue in its strides, as infrastructure and facilities were being overhauled in addition to human capital development.
He commended the staff members of the hospital for their dedication and commitment to uplifting the institution by giving in their best and according respect to the patients.
Otegbayo said that UCH had acquired two sets of Auto Clave, 64-Slice CT machines and two Mammography machines to improve its clinical services.
“Just as the physical infrastructure is being developed, so also is the administration bringing in state-of-the-art equipment to enhance service delivery.
“We have not rested on our oars as we keep acquiring new equipment.
“It is our style to keep on acquiring equipment that positions the hospital at the forefront of demands for best clinical practices.
“Perhaps, one of our most significant achievements in the last 65 years of our existence has been a truly indigenous elaboration and facelift of the University College Hospital.
“However, like I said, we keep improving, between the times we produced the scorecards and now, we have continued with our projects, acquired new equipment, got more help and upgraded our services.
“In the area of physical infrastructure, we have made the following milestones: Completion of the Molecular Laboratory, completion of the rehabilitation of the burnt Tailoring and Laundry building.
“Completion and equipping of the West-West Block 4; ongoing renovation, rehabilitation of the North West Block.
“Completion of renovation works on the Radiology Block VI, painting of the exterior of the Mortuary Block and continuation of the interior of the Mortuary Block,” he said.
He acknowledged the donations of the government and Nigerians to the institution, saying that the Emergency Department also received a two-year accreditation from the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria in 2022.
“It is the second Emergency Medicine Department to be accredited in Nigeria, after the University of Jos Teaching Hospital (JUTH), but JUTH has yet to begin operating it,” he said.
Otegbayo said that UCH annually attended to documented 14,000 out-patients and 10,000 in-patients, while it was committed to quality service delivery and technology use.