FG Launches Critical Documents to Improve Quality and Standards in Tertiary Hospital

Minister of Health Professor Isaac Adewole
Minister of Health Professor Isaac Adewole

The Federal Government has launched two critical documents to enhance quality and standard in healthcare services in Nigeria.

The documents which include Assessment Check-list for Federal Tertiary Hospitals and National Surgical, Obstetrics, Anaesthesia and Nursing Plan for Nigeria were launched in Abuja recently.

During the launch, the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole said that quality of health care service delivery is a fundamental human right and not just a tool, nor a system. He stated that healthcare delivery is an entilement for every Nigerian.

He said, “Nigerians love quality, when you are offered quality care or otherwise, you know this is the real challenge to our Chief Executives. We must put things right, we must give quality care to our people, we don’t have a choice, especially now that the Secondary healthcare facilities are under performing”.

The Minister called on the Chief Medical Directors and Medical Directors of Tertiary Hospitals to be productive, adding that productivity comes as a result of commitment and determination by Chief Executives, consultants and other staff. He advised that there should be reward for hospitals with excellent performance

In his remarks, the Director General, Bureau for Public Service Reform (BPSR), Mr. Dasuki Ibrahim Arabi, pledged to partner with the Federal Ministry of Health to monitor the activities of tertiary hospitals with a view of implementing health related reforms in the hospital in Nigeria.

Also speaking, the Chairman, National Tertiary Health Institutions Standard Committee (NTHISC), Prof. Abiodun Ilesanmi, said that the overall goal of the Assessment Check-list was to ensure that there was minimum standard in all tertiary hospitals.

He called on the medical personnel to always exhibit good conduct and attitude towards their patients; While calling on government to increase   funding to tertiary hospitals, he urged the hospitals to utilize the available resources to achieve quality and productivity.

He stressed that the checklist, if properly implemented, would reduce medical negligence by health workers.