Reps seek re­struc­tur­ing of Na­tional Hospi­tal

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi

The House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives has re­solved to start the process of re­struc­tur­ing the Na­tional Hospi­tal, Abuja to make it more ef­fi­cient.

The House there­fore man­dated its joint com­mit­tees on health in­sti­tu­tions, health ser­vices and gov­ern­men­tal af­fairs to con­duct a pub­lic hear­ing with a view to prof­fer­ing last­ing so­lu­tions to the state of the hospi­tal in terms of re­struc­tur­ing, re­or­ga­niz­ing, re­fi­nanc­ing and repo­si­tion­ing.

This fol­lowed the adop­tion of a mo­tion of ur­gent na­tional im­por­tance by Rep Muham­mad Sani Abdu (APC, Bauchi).

Lead­ing the de­bate on the mo­tion, Rep Abdu said since the up­grade of the Na­tional Hospi­tal to a ter­tiary re­fer­ral hospi­tal and cen­tre of ex­cel­lence in 1999, ser­vice de­liv­ery be­gan well but de­te­ri­o­rated there­after.

He said the level of de­cay in both phys­i­cal struc­ture and ser­vice de­liv­ery in­dices had be­come in­tol­er­a­ble, adding, that “the high level of cal­lous­ness, mal­ad­min­is­tra­tion and loss of med­i­cal and work ethics in the hospi­tal” was dis­turb­ing.

This sit­u­a­tion, he said, had led to un­told pains among pa­tients and their re­la­tions while seek­ing med­i­cal care at the hospi­tal, not­ing that the in­ces­sant in­dus­trial ac­tions in the hospi­tal had wors­ened the sit­u­a­tion.

Mean­while, a Wuse Zone 6 Chief Mag­is­trates’ Court in Abuja yes­ter­day va­cated the or­der which sealed the hospi­tal on Tues­day.

It was sealed for al­leged un­paid debt of N7.8m to the Abuja En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Board (AEPB).

The Mag­is­trate, Mrs Chinyere Nwacheonwu, ad­journed the case till July 18 for re­port of set­tle­ment. The de­fence counsel, Chris Mam­man, had made an oral ap­pli­ca­tion for set­tle­ment and va­ca­tion of the or­der.

Ear­lier, the pros­e­cut­ing counsel, Nnamdi Ugochukwu, had told the court that a sum­mon was is­sued to the de­fen­dant on May 17.

He told the court that the de­fen­dant re­ceived the sum­mon on May 26, but failed to ap­pear in court on June 8.

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