By Doris Obinna
Members of the House of Representatives Committee on Health have said that the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, and environs need to be kept clean and conducive at all times.
While charging the institution to try and keep the hospital and its surroundings clean and conducive, the lawmakers disclosed that issues of the environment have been a serious challenge and that not much has been done since their last visit in 2019.
According to them, the institution was in a terrible shape then, and still is still, as not much has been done in terms of ensuring the environment is kept clean.
The committee, during an assessment visit, also noted that conducive and comfortable waiting rooms around the hospital, especially at the labour wards, will help visitors relax.
Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Health, Dr. Paschal Chigozie, and representing Agege Federal Constituency, Hon. Samuel Adejara, urged the institution to improve the outlook of the hospital and get rid of situations whereby people seat anywhere or hang around the corridors of the wards.
They, however, noted that the institution had recorded a lot of improvements in other areas, among other health institutions in Nigeria.
Chigozie said that the committee inspected the hospital and saw ongoing capital projects for the year: “The committee is satisfied with the level of work on the ongoing projects.”
While commending the Federal Government for allocating funds to health institutions, he extolled the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, and other philanthropists and organisations who had been benevolent to LUTH: “I implored him to also replicate such gesture across health institutions in the country.
He said the management of LUTH would be invited for further discussions on the papers as the committee was unable to go through LUTH’s submission.
Hon. Dachung Bagos moved the motion for the committee to look into the papers at a later date and it was seconded by Adejare.
Facilities inspected included the labour ward, dialysis centre, health insurance management scheme, intensive care unit and children’s surgical ward.
On his part, Chief Medical Director (CMD), LUTH, Prof. Chris Bode, disclosed that the hospital was facing some challenges.
The CMD, who was represented by the chairman, Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC), LUTH, Prof. Wasiu Adeyemo, said that some of the challenges included replacement of staff that had mostly left as a result of brain drain, acute shortage of manpower, appointment of house officers, and encroachment of parts of the hospital’s lands.
“The hospital’s land at the Idi-Araba axis, opposite LUTH main gate (Vegetable Garden), had been subjected to much encroachment as a result of the past default and neglect. The various bodies were still trying to erect structures on the only piece of land available for on-going development in the hospital.
“Management had appealed to the board to kindly assist by formulating a holistic policy that would guide the hospital management to solve the problem once and for all,” Adeyemo stated.