OJO ISAAC reports that the House of Representatives Committee on Health Institutions headed by Hon Mohammed Umar Jegga has visited Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH) Nnewi, Anambra state as part of its oversight function.
Hon Jegga in company of four members of the committee said they were in the hospital to assess the performance of 2016-2017 Appropriation and to equally look at other developmental stride of the institution so as to see what the House of Representatives can do to assist.
“Our visit to NAUTH is an opportunity to see for ourselves happenings in the hospital and to see if there is any problem and as well look at the developmental agenda if any. We as elected representatives of the people are interested in the quality of Medicare available to all Nigerians.
Hon Jegga expressed the preparedness of his committee to see that health institutions across the country are moved to the next level.
In his welcome address, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of NAUTH, Prof Anthony Igwegbe in company of his management team traced the history of the institution and noted that the hospital now has four hundred and fifty beds with a staff strength of four thousand.
Prof Igwegbe noted that the temporary site of NAUTH where the hospital is currently operating from has become choked up and there is urgent need for the hospital to relocate to its permanent site which has enough space for expansion.
He told his guests that all the capital votes in the past budgets are invested in the permanent site and every infrastructure at the temporary site.
The CMD passionately pleaded that the capital vote of the hospital in the 2018 capital appropriation be improved so that NAUTH can move to its permanent site which he noted is the best thing that can happen to the hospital now.
Prof Igwegbe expressed worry that the hospital was unable to pay for the outsourced services for two years because of the ambiguity with the way the services are to be paid for.
He said on the whole, the management of the health institution has tried to justify the meagre resources at its disposal to ensure quality service delivery to the people.
At the permanent site of NAUTH, Hon Jegga, a chartered architect urged the contractor handling the road project to ensure quality work as the administration of the day will not take half measure from any contractor.
Pix : (l-r) Prof Anthony Igwegbe, CMD, NAUTH and the leader of House Committee on health institutions during their inspection tour of NAUTH perm site.