Nigeria: FCMB partners with UCH on first endoscopy suite in West Africa
By Sade Oguntola(Nigeria Tribune):
In line with the Federal Government’s programme of public private partnership aimed at improving service delivery, a N100million purposely built endoscopy suite with support from the First City Monument Bank(FCMB) has been commissioned at the University College Hospital UCH, Ibadan, Oyo state.
The Chief Medical Director, UCH, Ibadan, Professor Temitope Alonge, speaking at the commissioning of the endoscopy suite, declared that the suite was to support the treatment and visualisation of structures within the body such as the digestive tract and air way.
Professor Alonge, remarking that the endoscopy suite was the first in West Africa, said that the hospital resorted to the PPP arrangement to restore its endoscopy services because of its immense importance to the diagnoses of many health problems treated at the hospital.
While stating the resolve of the hospital to improve on its service delivery, Professor Alonge said plans were also ongoing to enlist private partnership funding in other essential services of the hospital such as its central immunisation unit and in vitro fertilisation unit.
Professor Alonge, who noted that proper health financing was central to hospital’s functionality, stated that the Nigeria Federal Government should not be relied solely on to finance health.
He declared: “Federal Government can never finance health and education. It is not given to them. That is why private universities and hospitals do better. It was socialisation that made government in Europe take over hospitals and universities. It was not their business. Now they are returning them because they could not cope.
“The same thing is with health care delivery. We cannot wait for government to come to our aid. Before, it was UCH alone, now there are 54 teaching hospitals and federal medical centres and still the same purse.”
Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee, UCH, Ibadan, Dr Jesse Otegbayo, speaking on the suite, describing it as a kind gesture, assured of its optimum use in the care of Nigerians who come to access care at the hospital.
He declared: “We know that a number of our patients have not been able to have the procedures that we perform done because our facilities were down. I receive calls from as far as Abuja from people wanting to do endoscopy and who want to come to Ibadan in particular.”
Source: Nigeria Tribune