Posted By: Odunayo Ogunmola
Members of the House of Representatives Committee on Health Institutions on Friday paid a working visit to the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido-Ekiti (FETHI) where they inspected ongoing capital projects. The panel which was led by Hon. Muhammad Umar Jega, also assessed the hospital’s budget performance for 2016 and 2017. The team was received by FETHI Acting Chief Medical Director (CMD), Dr. Raymond Okere.
Other members of the team were Hon. Mojeed Alabi, Hon. Biodun Olasupo, Hon. Mohammed Saba and a forensic expert/consultant to the committee, Dr. Victor Okeme. Projects inspected at the hospital include Radiology Diagnostic Centre, Surgical Sub-Specialty Wards and Operating Theatres.
Speaking with reporters after the exercise, Hon. Jega said the committee was on oversight functions to federal health institutions in the Southwest to inspect projects appropriated for in the budget and to have on-field assessment of problems confronting the institutions. He said: “We have come here to see for ourselves the implementation of the budget and to ensure that what you are appropriating is implemented.
FETHI Acting CMD, Dr. Okere described the fact-finding visit as a routine expressing satisfaction that the completion percentage met at site by the federal lawmakers was higher than what was on paper. He appealed for better funding of the health institution noting that projects will be completed if funds are available. He added that authorities of the hospital are working hard to deliver quality services within available resources.