The noble quest to up-grade the Federal Medical Centre to a full fledge and foremost teaching hospital in Nigeria and the West Africa Sub-region received a major boost on Tuesday 12th May, 2014 with the visit of a ministerial committee commissioned by the Honorable Minister for Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu to ascertain the propriety of the Centre for up-grade to a fledging teaching hospital.
Dr Ngozi Onwudiwe , a director in the Federal Ministry of Health who led the six man committee comprising Dr P A Osinubi, Dr Onoyoma, Dr Shelter Gilbert, Mr. Eno Edem and Mr. Ededakwa Victor said the committee was commissioned by the Honorable Minister For Health to determine the suitability of the Centre for up-grade to a Federal teaching hospital. The minister’s representative commended the un-abated transformation of the Centre in-spite of the constraints in the nation and the world in general. She further said she is hopeful that the imperfections in the Memorandum of Understanding between the centre and ABUAD will be addressed.
One of the highpoint of the visit is the presence of the representative of the fast growing AFE BABALOLA UNIVERSITY under the leadership of a re-knowned Professor of Sociology, Professor Israel Orubuloye. The university don in his short remark at the welcome meeting said colossal resources have been expendedon facility up-grade by the duo of ABUAD and the forward looking Federal Medical Centre, Ido Ekiti managements. He said the noble Understanding between ABUAD and the Centre is partly designed to increase the grossly inadequate carriage capacity of the nation’s teaching hospitals and to reduce the appalling ratio of physicians to the nation’s huge population.
Dr Lawrence Majekodunmi Ayodele, the Medical Director in his short remark welcomed the FMOH fact finding team to the hospital. The Director informed the guests about the historical trajectory of the hospital from inception till date. His address generated intense applause from the team when he told them the sterling performance of the Centre’s residents is above those of residents from sister Federal Medical Centers and first generation teaching hospitals in the National and West African Post-Graduate medical college’s examination. He pledged to make the hospital a foremost cutting edge health service provider and globally competitive teaching hospital. The Director ended his incisive remark by saying he is hopeful that the committee’s verdict on the propriety of the hospitals up-grade will be positive.
The Dr Ngozi Owudiwe led panel was afterward conducted round the hospitals clinics, facilities and departments.