The chief medical director of the University of
Uyo Teaching Hospital (UUTH) has lauded the Federal Government for the passage of coronavirus disease
special appropriation and increment in the capital allocation to
the health sector in the proposed 2021 budget.
Dr EmemAbasi Bassey who
made the remark while declaring open the 34th National
Conference /Annual General
Meeting of the Institute of
Health Service Administrators of Nigeria (IHSAN) which took
place at the conference room
of the institution, Wednesday,
noted that the measure would
facilitate the equipping of molecular laboratories, isolation
centres and intensive care units
in all the federal tertiary institutions.
Bassey pointed out that although COVID-19 has brought
a devastating effect, it was not
entirely a bad news as it has
more than any other advocacy
exposed the shortcomings of
the health sector and thus attracting considerable investments and improved funding.
"Without doubt, the COVID19 emergency has not only exposed the poor state of health
care facilities in many health institutions, but has drawn global attention to the already
overburdened public health
systems in many countries,
said the CMD.
He remarked these realities underlined the urgent need for
all-round investment in the
health systems, particularly in
the area of quality health personnel, motivating work environment, improved conditions
of service, quality training, cutting- edge equipment, modern
infrastructure, funding of medical research and need-based
social dialogue to build resilient health systems and primed
for effective and timely critical
roles both in crisis response
and in the
future health emergencies.
He commended President
Muhammadu Buhari , the minister of health, Dr Osagie
Ehanire; and the National Assembly, for giving a priority to
the tertiary institution in the
The associate professor
maintained that the UUTH has
remained critical both in the
management of COVID-19
cases as well as efforts to contain the pandemic in the state
and appreciated the efforts of
and sacrifices made so far by
health workers of the institution, the Akwa Ibom government, the Federal Ministry of
Health, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), health
institutions nationwide, international donors, corporate organizations, public-spirited and
indeed the masses for the sacrifices made to ensure effective
management of reported cases
and control of the spread of
COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.
The chief gynecologist and
obstetrician, observed that the
theme of the 2020 conference:
"Challenges of Managing
Health Services under Pandemic Disease: COVID-19 Experience, was not merely apt
According to him, the disease by its typical, sudden,
spontaneous and widespread
nature has often imposed
strenuous challenges on
health services, but such remained exceptional daunting
for many familiar reasons.
Bassey expressed optimism that the outcome of the
conference would be of inestimably benefits, particularly to
health care delivery in Nigeria.
The chairman on the occasion, Professor Etete Peters,
corroborated that the theme of
the conference and topics chosen for discussion were apt as
COVID-19 brought sad experience to hospitals as it exposed
the inadequacies of health institutions which suffer issues
including: capacity building, inadequate manpower, lack of
facilities and brain drain.
He urged the IHSAN to come
out with a communiqua on the
way forward to addressing the
issues affecting the running of
the health system.
Etete, former chief medical director of the UUTH, noted that
ISHAN founded 10 years ago
has grown by leaps and
bounds, while congratulating
it for the feats attained, especially in capacity building. He
stated that the feat were worthy of emulation and called on
the body to sustain the relationship with the chief executives of teaching hospitals.