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Lawmakers pay oversight visit to FTHL

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From AMEDU JOSEPH, Lokoja

MEMBERS of the House of Representatives Committee on Health have visited the Federal Teaching Hospital, Lokoja, (FTHL), to evaluate both ongoing and completed projects.

The Chairman, House Committee on Health, Amos Gwamna Magaji, who led the team, said the visit was part of their oversight mandate.

Magaji added that they were also at the hospital to interface with the management to know their challenges.

He stressed that the objective was to ensure that high-quality work was carried out with the ultimate goal of enhancing healthcare service delivery for the populace.

“I am here with my colleagues from the House of Representatives to exercise our constitutional mandate of over-sighting federal government health institutions.

“We are here to see and evaluate ongoing and completed projects at the hospital and see if the allocated and generated funds were utilised appropriately.

“We will also interact with the staff and management of the hospital to know their challenges and understand what is going on here, and to ensure that healthcare delivery is optimized,” he said.

During a roundtable discussion, the team told management to furnish them with the details regarding income generation and government approvals for expenditures.

In his remarks, the Chief Medical Director, CMD, Dr. Olatunde Alabi, commended the lawmakers for the visit, describing it as timely and well appreciated.

The CMD solicited the support of the National Assembly towards addressing some of their major challenges, especially manpower shortage and improved budgetary allocation.

“We already have an idea of what we need and that is why we have taken them round, so they can help us in the next budgeting process to enable us complete some of the ongoing projects,” Alabi told journalists.

In their various comments, the representatives of various labour unions in the hospital appealed to the Federal Government to address their challenges such as enrollment in the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS), wage disparities and the shortage of manpower, especially clinical staff, among others.

 

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