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The Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH), will soon start enjoying a 24-hour electricity, its Chief Medical Director (CMD), Dr Kolawole Ogundipe, has said.
Ogundipe told reporters in Ado Ekiti that solar power plant and medical gas plants were in the works to make the dream a reality.
When the two projects come on stream, they will help reduce overhead costs on electricity, he said.
Ogundipe said his administration had also secured approval for the ugrade of the Radiology Centre to provide CT scan and endoscopy.
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According to him, the step became necessary to halt the suffering of patients being referred outside the hospital in need of such services.
He said: “On daily basis, three to four patients are being referred outside the hospital to other centres where they have these scan. Some of them will pay as much as this scan on transportation where they are going to.
“When we have these facilities here, it will reduce the burden on patients and it will help the personnel to timely treat their patients and it will be beneficial to everybody.”
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Ogundipe explained that approval has also been secured from the state government to upgrade the mortuary to a status befitting a teaching hospital. The present mortuary facilities had been in use since the hospital was established as a district hospital before it was later upgraded to a general hospital.
He added that EKSUTH Maternity Complex will be expanded to provide better and more quality maternal and child health services.
Ogundipe noted that EKSUTH received 14 accreditation bodies last year which accredited many departments attesting to quality of the services rendered in the hospital.
The CMD expressed satisfaction that the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) has increased tremendously, noting that this has helped the hospital to reduce its debt burden from N416 million as at 31st July, 2013 to N62 million as at 31st December 2015.
Ogundipe added: “Our staff members are now more committed to our IGR drive because they know that they have roles to play in generating revenue. There is high degree of competition among the staff.
“People hitherto unable to access training are now being sponsored for further trainings and this will encourage them to do more for the system. “Significantly the management and the unions have been working together in a very cordial way to ensure that labour issues are resolved without degenerating to strikes that can impact negatively on the hospital.”
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