Prof. Isaac Adewole, the Minister of Health, has inaugurated a nine-man Administrative Panel of Inquiry to look into the crisis at the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido-Ekiti, Ekiti State.
The information was contained in a statement issued by Boade Akinola, the Director of Press and Public Relations of the Ministry, and made available in Abuja on Tuesday.
Akinola quoted the minister as saying the panel was necessitated by the continuous agitation and disruption of medical services by workers at the hospital for more than two weeks.
Adewole recalled that despite several appeals by well-meaning Nigerians, including the Governor of Ekiti, Ayodele Fayose, services at the hospital were disrupted.
He said the task of the panel was to determine the immediate and remote causes of the crisis and to engage all relevant stakeholders on how best to resolve the crisis.
The panel was also to make recommendations to the Federal Ministry of Health and to carry out any other assignments that would promote lasting peace at FETHI.
On his part, the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, urged the panel to be committed in the task of finding lasting solution to the crisis.
Ehanire described the crises at the hospital as “a disturbing trend which must not be allowed”.
The panel, chaired by Prof. Olurotimi Fakeye, a professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, has members drafted from relevant professional groups in the health sector.
The members are Prof. Victor Adetiloye, Chief Medical Director, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital; Prof. Sani Garko, President, MDCAN; Biobebelemoye Josiah, National Chairman, JOHESU; Alhaji AbdulRafiu Adeniji, the President, National Association Midwives and Nurses; and Dr. Kayode Akinlade, representing the Ido-Ekiti community.
Also on the panel is Laura Elayo, Director, Legal, Federal Ministry of Health; Chika Azuike, Acting Registrar, Nigeria Medical Council; while Dr. Andrew Noah, Head, Teaching Hospital, Federal Ministry of Health, would serve as Secretary.
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