The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, has called on all Medical Directors to demonstrate leadership by example in the course of carrying out their duties in their various hospitals.
The minister gave the charge at the just concluded 75th Regular Meeting/4th Annual General Meeting of the Committee of Chief Medical Director and Director, Federal Tertiary Hospitals, in Abuja.
In his speech, Professor Adewole noted that a workforce could easily be put to work when a strong and selfless leadership is in place.
In view of this, the minister said that the ministry was to initiate a performance audit in order to raise the bar in health care delivery in the country.
He also stated that this performance audit would in turn necessitate the establishment of a reward system where various kinds of rewards would be given to hospitals that perform well in order to encourage them to do more.
“It would also motivate others to put in their best for the good of Nigerian citizens,” Professor Adewole added.
The minister then urged the directors to submit monthly reports and records on maternal/infant mortality to the federal ministry as every death must count.
These records, he said, would be used to make proper assessment of the performance index of the various facilities in the country.
He also reminded them that they were the face of the Nigerian medical system and the impression patients have about the tertiary institutions defines the entire sector.
Professor Adewole however warned the directors against protecting their colleagues whose performance would be found to be below standard.
He advised them to move around the hospital for on the spot assessment of how the facility was responding to the need of the patients.
His words: “A high standard of health care service with upgraded facilities and where every life counts is the only way to reduce medical tourism. This is a major focal point for the health sector and President Buhari’s ‘Change Agenda’; therefore, all hands must be on deck to achieve this feat,” the minister stressed.
Speaking on strikes in the health sector, the minister advised the directors to operate an all encompassing management system where other health professionals and union leaders are carried along in decision making.
He noted that much could be achieved through constant dialogue.
Responding, the Chairman, Committee of CMD’s/MDs, Dr. Peter Alabi , appreciated the minister for making out time to grace the occasion.
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