The Federal Government has been called upon to urgently release funds for the payment of outsourcing services in federal hospitals to maintain essential services.
The Committee of Chief Medical Directors and Medical Directors, Federal Tertiary Hospitals, made the call during the committee’s annual general meeting held in Abuja.
Speaking to newsmen, the chairman of the committee and Chief Medical Director, National Hospital Abuja, Dr. Jah Momoh stressed the need for the federal government to ensure full implementation of the training Act of 2017 with payment of accrued arrears.
“We observed the efforts of the Federal government towards the implementation of the residency training act of 2017, and noted that no budgetary provision has been provided, particularly for the implementation of this act in 2019;
” The joint meeting between the ICPC and the representatives of the committee of Chief Executive of federal tertiary hospitals, the federal ministry of health, federal ministry of finance, the budget office of the federation and the office of the accountant general of the federation addressed the issue raised by the ICPC regarding the personnel budget of some of our federal tertiary hospitals” he asserted.
Momoh further explained that the committee also observed the difficulties faced by tertiary hospitals in obtaining approvals, waivers and financial clearance for the recruitment of existence staff, particularly clinical staff so that the services will not be disrupted.
According to him, “The federal government should review upward and ensure the prompt release of overhead for the federal tertiary hospitals for proper accountability and smooth ruining of the hospitals “.
In his words ”The processing of seeking approval for the replacement of existed staff, especially clinical staff should be simplified and made easy so that services will not be disrupted “.
Consequently, the committee called on Nigeria government to fully equip and support the national cardiac center for excellence at the University of Nigeria teaching hospital in Enugu to function optimally as an immediate response to the rising cases of cardiac diseases and death, while efforts are been made to develop cardiac centers and cardiac laboratories in every geopolitical zone of the federation.
Also, Dr. Momoh appealed to the government to harmonize the multiplicity of court cases involving tertiary hospitals for prompt resolution.