A/Ibom Government to Sanction Erring Health Workers
The Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Augustine Umoh has said heavy sanctions await any Medical Superintendent, Doctor, Nurse, and Staff of Government owned hospitals who is found wanting in the discharge of his duty.
This is coming as the Commissioner
declared government’s zero tolerance for laxity, incompetence, absenteeism, and dereliction of duty.
Prof. Augustine Umoh made this known while embarking on the inspection, monitoring, and evaluation of government-owned health facilities across the State.
Umoh warned against the situation where so many high-quality functional medical equipment acquired by government are not fully put to use.
He frowned at a situation equipment acquired by the state government are not put to use rather patients are recommended to access facilities from the private establishment.
He called on Medical Superintendents of General Hospitals Awa and Ikot Ekpene to immediately set up and put to use all the medical machines and equipment supplied to the hospitals for better services delivery to the patients.
The Commissioner stressed that a good number of patients would patronize the hospitals if the Management and staff put up the right attitude and passion for the work by making sure that available resources are optimally harnessed and coordinated towards adequate satisfaction of patients.
Prof. Umoh, on his visit to most General and Cottage Hospitals, registered his displeasure over their depressing, unhygienic state, and mandated respective Heads to ensure that their facilities are always kept clean and orderly.
He intimated the hospital workers of their overall mission of fostering and delivering effective, efficient, quality, and people-friendly healthcare services which constitute a major part of the ARISE Agenda of Governor Umo Eno.
Hospitals and health facilities captured by the inspection, monitoring, and evaluation radar of the Commissioner included, General Hospitals at Awa, Ikot Ekpene, Eket, and Ibiaku Ntok Okpo while
other health facilities visited by the Health Boss were: Cottage Hospital, Ikot Ekpene Udo in Nsit Ubium Local Government Area; Union Cottage Hospital, Asong in Mkpat Enin Local Government Area; ongoing construction of the main Administrative Block and the Accident and Emergency Block of the State Teaching Hospital at Awa in ONNA Local Government Area; and Dental Centre under construction at Immanuel General Hospital, Eket.
Others on the visiting team included the Permanent Secretary, of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Patrick Eshiet; the Permanent Secretary, of the Hospitals Management Board, Mrs. Stella Etokakpan; the Director, of the Medical Services Directorate, Dr. Augustine UdAandeande and the Director, of the Nursing Services Directorate, Mrs. Ekaette Akan, Director, Public Health Services Directorate, Dr. Etop Ntia; Director, Planning, Rese, arch and Statistics Directorate, Dr. Iboro Udoh; DirecAdministratortora,tio,n and Supplies Directorate, Mrs. Rosemary Inyang Obong; Director, Allied Health Services Directorate, Mrs. Idongesit Eset; and Director, Account Services Directorate, Mrs. Stella Ukpe, among others.