The founder of the Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti (ABUAD), Chief Afe Babalola has announced that the government alone cannot finance health institutions in the country, urging the management of such organisations to look inward for internally generated revenue to increase funding.
He also bewailed the high cost of imported medical equipment in the country, most especially in view of naira’s falling value.
Babalola, who made this known on Friday during the maiden edition of the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti (FETHI) Stakeholders’ Forum, urged patrons to make generous donations to FETHI’s cause.
Prof Adekunle Ajayi, The Chief Medical Director, FETHI, urged the public to take responsibility of government health institutions in their areas, and assist them for better quality and more effective service delivery.
Ajayi, who revealed that FETHI was in urgent need of support for infrastructures and services to the sum of over N2b, called on stakeholders to assist the Federal Government facility in furtherance of the desire to continue the evolutionary journey of repositioning the hospital for greatness.
“Government is stretched out of its element in trying to manage something as complex as healthcare, with ensuing improved health outcomes in a tailspin. So, it is imperative to beef up the financing system of this sector by exploring largely non-governmental contributions,” he said.
Ajayi noted that the hospital’s areas of need included building and equipping of a modern Geriatric Centre for senior citizens, calculated at about N150m; construction of 150-bed capacity modern patients’ ward, calculated at N700m; construction of N100m befitting VIP/Amenity Ward for high net-worth people; and N150m conference hall.
Other areas included upgrade of the renal and cardiac centre, which the CMD disclosed was already about 75 per cent completed. “We need help, so that we can begin interventional services in renal and cardiac medicine. This requires huge investment and also involves capacity building training.”
He noted that FETHI would welcome support from stakeholders and responsible Nigerians on the Indigent Trust Fund for compassionate assistance for the poor’s healthcare needs; continuous renovation of existing structures; and strategic capacity building for clinical and non-clinical staff.
FETHI Governing Council Chairman, Mohammed Sukababa, said “Nigerian health system is facing tough time, which requires all hands to be on deck at a period like this. Government cannot do it alone. Therefore, the need to bring improvement to our health systems demands collective efforts.”