Reps drill National Hospital Director over purchase of new equipment, personnel

The Association of Chief Medical Directors (ACMDs), has lamented over the state of poor funding in the National Hospital to the House of representatives. The Chairman of the association, Dr Jeff Momoh, speaking during the 2021 budget defence before the House Committee on Health Institutions, disclosed that the poor funding was a huge problem in the practice.
Jeff Momoh, also appealed to the House to make funds available to improve the huge structural deficit, as well as recruitment of new staff in hospitals. Meanwhile, when quizzed by a member of the House Committee on Health
Institutions, Hon. Dachung Bagos on the lack of procurement of modern medical equipment across the country.
Momoh stated that the National Assembly must help facilitate the procurement of equipment to stop the brain drain and also stop medical tourism in the country. He disclosed that the money released in the 2020 appropriation could not purchase some of the modern medical equipment, adding that it could leverage on a Private Partnership Projects to help.
He decried the lack of hospital maintenance culture across government-owned hospitals in the country, adding that most public tertiary hospitals were now dilapidated with little or no infrastructure. Chairman of the House Committee on Health Institutions, Hon. Pascal Obi, disclosed the willingness of the House to support in any way possible. he said the committee was aware of the challenges caused by Covid-19 pandemic and how it had affected the country’s economy.

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