The Federal Government has declared that henceforth, staff recruitment for teaching hospitals will be done centrally and once in a year by the Ministry of Health.
Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, made this known on Saturday, while responding to a request made by the Chief Medical Director of the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital (UUTH) Prof. Etete Peters when he visited the hospital.
Prof Peters told the minister that lack of funds had made it difficult to recruit 141 staff members approved by the Federal Government. The hospital’s lack of funds had prevented it from staff recruitment, in spite of the waiver granted to employ staff of various cadres mostly nurses and resident doctors.
The CMD sought the Minister’s permission to recruit consultants in Neurosurgery, Chemical Pathology, Dental Surgery, Endocrinology and Pathology, lamenting the shortage of staff in key specialties. A list of uncompleted projects in the hospital were also brought to the Minister’s attention. They include Radiology Services Block, General Outpatients Block, Laboratory complex, School Block and Theatre Building.
Peters also complained that facilities in the 520 bed hospital were over-stretched and as such the hospital needed more funds for expansion projects. Prof. Isaac Adewole in his response, promised to look into the 2016 budget for the hospital with a view to ensure the completion of the ongoing projects.
Adewole said that he would like to inaugurate the General Outpatients Building within the fiscal year so as to give the hospital enough space for Accident and Emergency Unit.
The minister commended the Akwa Ibom government for announcing the release of N100 million for the completion of the General Outpatients Building out of the N150 million required.
He also commended the CMD for maintaining services in the hospital in the face of lean resources and called for improvement. Stressing that the 2016 budget was very tight, the minister however promised that more things would be achieved for the hospital in 2017 budget.