President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reappointment for the second term of Prof Adekunle Ajayi as the Chief Medical Director of the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti. The Honourable Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire made this known on Thursday, 7th October 2021 while presenting the letter of renewal of appointment to Prof Ajayi. The Minister expressed the satisfaction of Mr President and that of the Federal Ministry of Health with the performances of Prof Ajayi geared towards strengthening the health system and improving the health service delivery to Nigerians since he was first appointed the Chief Medical Director of the hospital.
In his reaction, Prof Ajayi thanked the President and the Honourable Minister of Health for the renewed confidence in him to continue to serve the country as the Chief Medical Director of FETHI. He also thanked the Board of Management and the members of staff of the hospital for their prayers and support. He promised to double his efforts in ensuring that Nigerians continue to enjoy good service delivery at the hospital.
It will be recalled that Prof Ajayi was first appointed the Chief Medical Director/Chief Executive Officer (CMD/CEO) of FETHI in December 2017. At the time, the negative press about the hospital arising from perception of the public about poor service delivery was a cause for concern. It was then a hospital struggling to survive as would be expected of any community that had been made a war zone. Morale of the workforce was abysmally low, basic utility such as power and water was a luxury, consumables and drugs were hard to get, and quality service delivery had been replaced with incessant local industrial actions among many other ills unexpected of such an institution. However, under the leadership of Prof Ajayi, the corporate integrity of FETHI is being regained, confidence is being built for workforce and clients and there is progressive restoration of quality service delivery to Nigerians.
Ajayi is a Professor of Medicine at Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State.