Ekiti teaching hospital sets up staff welfare scheme

Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH), Ado Ekiti, has set up an efficient staff welfare package to tackle the menace of high labour mobility plaguing the institution.
EKSUTH CMD, Dr Kolawole Ogundipe, said the hospital had also been delivering on its mandate of offering effective service delivery, research and training to ensure efficient healthcare delivery to the people of the state since its establishment in 2008.

Ogundipe said at a press conference in Ado Ekiti to mark the 10th anniversary of the establishment of EKSUTH that the infrastructural facelift being enjoyed by the tertiary institution had led to the approval for residency training by Medical and Dental Council Association of Nigeria (MDCAN) in eight areas of specialties, including Obstetrics and Gynecology, Family medicine, psychiatry, surgery, internal medicine, Opthalmology, Community Medicine and Paediatrics

According to him, the institution is not immuned from the economic recession pummeling the nation, which has made it difficult to get the necessary infrastructure, equipment and personnel despite good subvention from Ekiti State government.

The CMD said: “Mobility of labour is high in this hospital even when salaries are paid regularly. Our challenge has always been to
employ a medical doctor today and within few months he will move to
another place”.

To arrest the situation, Ogundipe said: “We have improved our staff
welfare. A minimum of N1 million is spent for staff training monthly. Many seminars, conferences and ground rounds are organized to serve as in-house training to get the staff informed, educated and acquire latest skills in practice of Medicine.

“Our staff also enjoy 50 per discount on cost of treatment given to them in this hospital to cushion the effect of economic recession while promotion has been done up to 2017”.

Ogundipe stated that the institution has improved infrastructural
facilities in Accident and Emergency Unit, built a new theatre unit and procure modern equipment for all the Laboratories to give quality service to the patients.

He said the hospital has built a dialysis and oncology centres to
treat those afflicted with kidney infection and cancer, saying:
“patients now receive treatment here rather than traveling abroad for

The CMD said two outreach centres have been established in Igbemo and Ire Ekiti to take medicare to the grassroots where poor people are
predominantly domiciled.

He added that the tertiary health institution has secured
accreditation from National Universities Commission (NUC) to run MBBS in Medicine and Surgery up to the final level while the School of Nursing under it has got full accreditation for all its courses.

Ogundipe said the hospital now has Echo cardiogram machine to examine those with cardiac problem while the Opthamology Department has made a breakthrough by repairing a retinal detachment in a young graduate
of Ekiti State University.