Accreditation team from West African College of Physicians, Faculty of Psychiatrics, has expressed satisfaction in the way the Mental Health department of Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido-Ekiti (FETHI) was built at the centre of the hospital, adding that the positioning had obviously discouraged segregation.
The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Adekunle Ajayi, who played host to the visitors in his office on Monday, thanked the College for sending the composition he described as experienced and resourceful to the hospital.
Leader of the team, Dr T.L. Sheikh, who led the two other members, Dr J.T. Obindo and Dr Shola Adegunloye to the mental health department of the hospital, applauded the leadership of the department for keeping the system running.
He said they were not in the hospital to audit the hospital services but to ensure residents in psychiatric department learn best practices that can match up with international standard.
“As health workers, caring is our middle name. It is the right of our patients to run away from hospital and it is our responsibility as mental health givers to look after them. That was what we were trained to do. However, having the psychiatric ward at the centre of the hospital has given this hospital a pass mark,” he posited.
Commending the management for the cleanliness and orderliness observed among the members of staff in other departments and units visited in the course of the exercise, Dr Sheikh reiterated that the team was not disappointed with the behaviour exhibited by the Head of Mental Health Department, Dr Akanbi toward his consultants and the entire workforce in the department.
He appreciated the CMD for the proposed extension of the mental health department and also pointed out other areas where improvement is urgently needed to aid quality of training to be received by the residents.
In his response, the CMD thanked the team for the exhaustive details on how services could be improved, saying despite the paucity of fund, the hospital is having a comprehensive plan to take care of all the shortcomings.