EKSG probes medical ethics, assault on doctors, health workers at EKSUTH

By Ologeh Joseph Chibu

The Ekiti State Ministry of Health and Human Services has launched investigations into medical ethics, work conditions and allegations of assault on doctors at the Ekiti State Teaching Hospital, (EKSUTH).

The State Government has set up a 10-member panel of enquiry, Co-Chaired by Dr. Femi Thomas and Dr. Sunkanmi Alabi.

The committee will amongst other things, investigate the perceived poor health worker attitude and suggest any other measures to improve quality of care delivered at the Accident and Emergency Department of the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital.

The interim report of the Committee is expected within 72 hours while their comprehensive reports are expected within two weeks.

The Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Oyebanji Filani said the state
would like to address recent incidents of patient, relatives’ assault on doctors and other health care workers at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH) in the discharge of their duties.

He said “We want to assure members of staff and the public that swift action has been taken in response to these regrettable events as the suspects involved have been apprehended and charged to court.”

He said measures to enhance security within the hospital premises have also been implemented.

“We acknowledge the concerns raised by care seeking members of the state regarding the challenges they face in accessing healthcare services at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH)’ Filani said

He assured that the Government is actively investigating possible bottlenecks with a view to streamlining and improving service delivery.

“We urge the general public to remain calm as we work to address these matters effectively.’

The Commissioner said in given the more recent events, the Ministry of Health and Human Services has informed the board of EKSUTH to set up a review panel to thoroughly investigate these complaints.

He said a comprehensive capacity-building program for all staff members will be initiated shortly to ensure optimal service delivery while creating a safer and more conducive work environment.

“We appreciate the continued support and cooperation of all stakeholders as we strive to uphold the highest standards of healthcare delivery in Ekiti State,” he said

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