Chief Medical Director of Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido-Ekiti (FETHI), Prof. Adekunle Ajayi, has congratulated his counterpart from Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH) Ado-Ekiti, Prof. Kayode Olabanji on his appointment, assuring that the relationship between the two Teaching Hospitals shall never be competitive but complementary in all ramifications.
Prof. Ajayi, who received the newly appointed EKSUTH CMD along his Principal Officers in the hospital’s boardroom on Thursday, described the visit as the one that gladdens the heart of the entire FETHI community and that must be reciprocated in due course.
Introducing the visitors, Head of EKSUTH Corporate Affairs, Mrs Adewumi lauded FETHI management for the open-arms reception and confirmed that they had come to extend hands of fellowship to FETHI as partners in progress.
Prof. Olabanji, who stated the purpose of the visit as to greet their friends and colleagues in FETHI, said EKSUTH was always proud of Prof. Ajayi considering the positive changes he had so far brought to the system.
He stressed that both Teaching Hospitals have the same goals; principally training, research and services and that it behooves on them to work together.
He maintained, “Since we are pursuing the same goals and our aspirations are the same, our challenges shall also be the same. The experiences will be similar. These are the public institutions that Ekiti people and its environs look up to in terms of quality medical care, quality health services, teaching and research and for all the corporate social responsibilities to our people.
“In all these, there are areas of collaboration and once we have good rapport and understanding, the collaborations are endless. Opportunities and burdens can be shared.”
He lauded the personal and corporate efforts of Prof. Ajayi for the notable roles he played in the recent accreditation of EKSUTH College of Medicine MBBS Programme.
The FETHI lead Scholar, Prof. Ajayi, in his response did not only portray Prof. Olabanji as a boss, he also described him as the most experienced for the assignment given amidst the also-rans.
He said the appointment was well deserved, as evident in the visit which he said had shown that there won’t be any form of barrier or wall between the two institutions.
“With this visit, you have shown us that those we are suppose to serve are the same and the best way to serve them objectively is to work together.
“We will complement each other. Our strength will work for your weaknesses. Your strength too will work for our weaknesses to ensure that the health care delivery in Ekiti State is second to none.
“In my quest to achieve this when I assumed office, I have said that on no account should FETHI collect a dime from EKSUTH for the purpose of exposing her Residents to anything here, and this should be vice versa. I’ve also told EKSUTH Residents that this hospital is open to them. We are now having state-of-the-art equipment here and cannot be allowed to be underutilized,” FETHI CMD stated.
Congratulating EKSUTH officially on the MBBS Programme accreditation, Prof. Ajayi said he was proud to be part of the struggle. He therefore urged both institutions to breakdown barriers that tend to separate them and work together as professionals for their interest and that of the public they serve.
Dr Olusoji, the EKSUTH Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC), who gave the vote of thanks on behalf of the Management, thanked everybody present despite the notice he said was short and lauded the passion he noted in Prof. Ajayi about the health of Ekiti and its people.
He attributed the discussed collaborative relationship to the kind of leadership which both CMDs have demonstrated, saying if the heads had been hostile and not receptive, the bodies would not have been receptive as well.
The CMAC thanked the University Pedagogues for providing the kind of leadership which he said was of great emulation. He said EKSUTH will be looking forward to a very strong relationship at all level, clinical services and trainings to move Ekiti State forward and the health indices of the people.
Also received the visitors with the CMD were CMAC, Dr Idowu Adebara, Director of Admin, High Chief Ogunrinde, the two Assistant Directors of Admin, one Assistant Director of Information and other invited Head of Departments and Units.