The management and staff of Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido-Ekiti (FETHI), had played host to the Forum of Heads of Federal Establishments in Ekiti State on Tuesday at the hospital’s mini conference hall.
The leader of the forum, Mr Oluwafemi Olugbenga, who thanked the management of the hospital for providing them with a conducive environment for their meeting, also lauded the series of achievements of the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Prof. Adekunle Ajayi.
He said the international award recently won by the CMD and the notable developments within the hospital were all products of hardwork, diligence and dedication to work, adding that obviously he was surrounded by right-minded people who had given him enabling environment to display and excel.
In his opening remarks, the CMD, who was also the Chief Host, welcomed the participants to the institution and craved their indulgence as he took them on a memory lane of transformational history of the hospital from its establishment as District Hospital in 1954 to General Hospital in the 60s and Federal Medical Center in 1998 before it was upgraded to Federal Teaching Hospital in 2014 by the pronouncement of the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
He said the hospital has gone through transformation not only in names but in structures, stature and scope of services, saying the desire of the hospital was to become one of the best in the country in no distant future.
He added that the hospital basically do four things: To render health care services, to train Doctors, Nurses, Interns and other Health Professionals, to conduct research and to render community services in form of outreaches, which he said was the decision of the hospital to also go out to see patients and give out quality healthcare services free of charge to the poorest of the poor who could not afford to visit the hospital.
The Head of National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) unit in the hospital, Dr Shabi Olabode, who delivered a presentation on “Social Health Insurance: Reducing Executive Stress and Improving Staff Productivity,” stressed that an effective health system was one that provides equitable access to health services, affordable health service and high-quality health care to the entire population.
The ABUAD Associate Professor expatiated on the challenges of out-of-pocket health care financing as what foster inequitable access to health care.
Presentations on productivity and stress, the symptoms and signs of stress, stress tolerance level, causes of stress, common causes of excessive workplace stress, stress and health challenges, unhealthy ways of coping with stress, proven strategies of managing stress and quick stress relief at work were all made, after which participants asked series of relevant questions that were subsequently answered appropriately by the resource person.
The Secretary General of the Forum, Mr Akinfolarin Feyisola, applauded the worth of experience of the NHIS boss and pleaded that copies of the presentation should be made available for all. He also appealed to the management to extend the outreach exercise to the Forum at one of its future meetings.
Prof. Ajayi alongside other Members of the Top Management Committee later conducted the visitors round some facilities in the hospital to have on the site assessment and become the Ambassadors of the hospital before departure.