The medical director of the Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta, Ogun State, yesterday, June 16, spoke about the challenges faced and his achievements in these past two years of his administration.
Dr. Musa-Olomu disclosed how poor and outdated their medical services, equipment and facilities were before his administration came on board and how it took him two weeks to go around the hospital, asking and identifying the problems in the hospital.
He, however, said there are now standard laboratories, up-to-date facilities and equipment, standard medical services, addition to the medical beds, five fully equipped theatre suites, accommodation for patients’ family members/guardians, instead of them sleeping in the corridor; all these amongst many other achievements.
He also disclosed how, just a week ago, some neurosurgeons at FMC removed a tumour from someone’s brain through an operation which took fifteen hours.
Speaking on partnership with universities and colleges, he stated how they have tried partnering with the University of Lagos, University of Ibadan and FUNNAB, how unsuccessful it was, adding that in order to make FMC a teaching hospital, there is the need to be affiliated to a University, which they are working on.
He said “we try as much as possible to see how we can establish our own university and I am very happy to comfortably tell you today that we have been able to acquire one hundred and seventy hectres of land.”
“We have the seal of ownership which was given to us by the former governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, but we thank the Federal government that we have been able to pay all the occupants of that land numbering about seven with the compensation that was due to them”.
Also speaking on the contribution of investors to the medical centre, he stated that “Any moment from now, we will soon start construction.
I was away to some five countries around January and February, we were able to get investors and we looked at something close to $715 million investment, so they have been here to see the land and any moment from now we’ll be able to start construction on that land”.
When asked about his motivation, he stated that, coming on board, he promised to take medical services to the grass-root; to the people in the rural vicinity.
On the issue of underfunding of the health sector, he advised the government both Federal and state to ensure the adequate funding of the sector, not only by throwing money into the sector but by being involved in the medical students’ lives and their future.
He further recommended the government to also provide funds for thorough and adequate training, take over the post graduate training and implement mass training of doctors in order to encourage them to develop themselves through their research while recognizing them for their works also, whether or not they are in the urban or rural area.