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SENATE NEWS: Improve hygiene conditions, Senate Committee tells Hospital Managers

LEGISREPORTS NG – The Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur, has told hospital managers in the country to improve sanitary and hygienic practices in their respective health facilities in order to guaranty patient recovery.

The call came from the Senate Committee Chairman on Health when undertaking an oversight visit to the Federal Medical Centre, Ebute-Meta, Lagos.

He said, “The picture of hospital wards should be homely such that the patient feels he or she is at home. That ambience will make them heal faster because it is therapeutic. Patients should not feel like they are in a prison yard when they are in a hospital.”

Senator Okowa identified the challenge of insufficient space confronting many hospitals to accommodate patients and therefore urged the Lagos state government to make provision of more health facilities.

He also called on the Federal Government to embark on the expansion of existing health facilities, while giving assurance that the National Assembly will make available more appropriation to accommodate this in the 2014 budget.

“We see a challenge of space in Lagos and in spite of this, the hospital managers have been able to think outside the box to accommodate more people by scheduling appointments. But in the long run, Lagos needs more hospitals to ease the burden on tertiary health facilities.

“At the federal level, we must work out a way for these hospitals to be expanded, so they can see more patients. We will make more appropriation for this in the 2014 budget,” Okowa assured.

On his path, the Medical Director of FMC, Dr. Yewande Jinadu, called on the Federal Government to increase funds made available to the institution, stressing as a tertiary hospital, compromising standards would not be resorted to in a bid to accommodate more patients.

He said, “We need space and funds. We have many patients who we cannot accommodate and we have many people waiting to have their tests done, the patient load is much and we have no space to keep them.

“Although the state government has given us land, we need funds to develop it, we keep making changes to accommodate more people but we cannot compromise our standards as a tertiary hospital, so we call on government that we need space and funds to expand our services.”



This report was prepared by our reporter in The National, Assembly


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