By Adebayo Olodan
The Acting Chief Medical Director of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), Prof. Mikhail Olayinka Buhari has revealed his intention to transform the facility barely two weeks after taking over the headship.
Buhari, who is a Consultant Anatomical Pathologist with the hospital and a professor with the College of Health Sciences of the University of Ilorin, Ilorin made the disclosure during the inaugural meeting of the 9th management board of UITH, recently.
Until his appointment on 18th of March, 2018, Buhari was the Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee of the hospital for three years.
Speaking at the meeting held at the boardroom of the hospital, the acting CMD said his short term vision is to run a hospital that is able to deliver quality patient- friendly, affordable healthcare services by high performing and motivated staff, using cutting-edge technology in the face of dwindling resources.
He added that, “the primary focus is highly motivated, well-trained and high performing personnel. The overall objective is to facilitate optimal patient outcomes.”
Buhari said to reposition the facility, there will be restructuring of the residency training programme to increase available specialised personnel adding that there will be continuous professional education for all categories of health workers.
“We will also institute strong performance monitoring, management and disciplinary system in line with the civil service rules in addition to paying prompt attention to staff promotions and welfare issues,” he stated adding that a conducive work environment and appropriate work tools will be provided.
Speaking further, he said, “there will be regular general meetings with staff and we will operate and open door policy to address problems promptly and to facilitate inter-personal relationships in the hospital.
“We will also hold regular pre-emptive engagements with unions to reduce work stoppages and strikes,” he stated.
The Ag. CMD added that his administration will place emphasis on securing alternative sources of finances and efficient mechanism will be explored to implement projects, reduce overheads and increase revenues.
“To achieve these, we will embark on strong financial control including revenue collection through REMITA and automation of revenue collection to block leakages. Also, prudent management of resources and initiation of intra-mural practices to increase patients volume and therefore the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR),” Buhari disclosed.
Additionally, he said his leadership will solicit for grants and community donations as well as re-engage and retain corporate clients through aggressive marketing and quality service delivery.
Speaking on challenges, the Ag. CMD said, “some of the many challenges facing the hospital include dwindling financial resources, ageing infrastructures and equipment. Another challenge is the frequent industrial unrests, with consequent reduction in clients’ confidence and patronage. Added to these is fund constraint limiting much-needed expansion and innovation, amongst others.”
Present at the meeting were the Chairman, UITH Board, Olorogun O’tega Emerhor, members of the management team and leaders of various unions at the hospital.