Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, has urged medical directors to lead by example in the course of their duties, noting failure to exhibit good character would havwe adverse effect on patients.
This was contained in press release signed by Blade Akinola of the press and Public Relations Unit of the ministry and sent to Nigerian Pilot Saturday, yesterday.
Speaking while addressing the 75th Regular Meeting/4th Annual General Meeting of the Committee of Chief Medical Director and Director, Federal tertiary hospitals, in Abuja, Adewole revealed that the Ministry is set to initiate a performance audit in order to raise the bar in health care delivery in the country.
He also stated that this performance audit would in turn necessitate the establishment of a reward system where various kinds of rewards would be given to hospitals that perform well in order to encourage them to do more.
It will also motivate others to put in their best for the good of Nigerian citizens, Professor Adewole added.
The Minister further urged the Directors to submit monthly reports and records on maternal/infant mortality to the federal ministry, as every death must count.
These records, he said, will be used to make proper assessment of the performance index of the various facilities in the country.
He also reminded them that they are the face of the Nigerian Medical system and the impression patients have about the tertiary institutions defines the entire sector.
Adewole also warned the directors against protecting their colleagues whose performance is below standard and advised them to move around the hospital for on the spot assessment of how the facility is responding to the need of the patients.
He said, “A high standard of healthcare service with upgraded facilities and where every life counts is the only way to reduce medical tourism’. This is a major focal point for the health sector and President Buhari’s ‘change agenda’ therefore, all hands must be on deck to achieve this feat, the Minister stressed.
Speaking on strikes in the health sector, the Minister advised the directors to operate an all encompassing management system where other health professionals and union leaders are carried along in decision making, noting that much can be achieved through constant dialogue.
Responding, the Chairman, committee of CMD’s/MDs, Dr. Peter Alabi appreciated the minister for making out time to grace the occasion.

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