Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, has inaugurated a nine-man panel of inquiry to investigate the ongoing crisis at the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido-Ekiti, FETHI.
This was contained in a statement sent to Nigerian Pilot on Tuesday by the Director, Media and Public Relations, Ministry of Health, Mrs. Boade Akinola.
According to the statement, the panel of inquiry was necessitated by the continuous agitation and disruption of medical services by workers at the hospital for more than two weeks despite several appeals from Governor Ayodele Fayose and well-meaning Nigerians.
The minister, who inaugurated the panel in Abuja, charged the members who were drafted from relevant professional groups in the health sector and the ministry to deliver on their terms of reference which include determining the immediate and remote causes of the crisis, engagement with relevant stakeholders on how best to resolve it, make recommendations to the Federal Ministry of Health and carry out any other assignment that will promote lasting peace at FETHI.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, urged the committee to be committed to finding lasting solutions to the ‘disturbing trend’ of crisis which must not be allowed.
The nine-member committee is headed by Olurotimi Fakeye, a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, while its members include the Chief Medical Director, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Professor Victor Adetiloye, President, Medical and Dental Council Association of Nigeria, Professor Sani Gako, National Chairman, JOHESU, Mr. Biobebelemoye Josiah, President, National Association of Midwives and Nurses, Alhaji Abdul Rafiu Adeniji, Dr. Kayode Akinlade representing the community, the Director, Legal, Federal Ministry of Health, Mrs. Laura Elayo, acting Registrar, Nigeria Medical Council, Mrs. Chika Azuike, and the Head, Teaching Hospital, Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. Andrew Noah, as Secretary.

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