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Members of the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria have commended the management of the Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Aro in Abeokuta area of Ogun state over development that has taken place in the institution in less than a year.
The House of Representatives Committee on Health Institutions led by Pascal Obi made the commendation on Tuesday when the committee visited the hospital as part of its oversight functions.
The House committee toured the medical centre premises and visited ongoing projects like the isolation Centre, the Intensive care unit and the Molecular laboratory.
After the tour, the Chairman of the House committee said there was no intensive care unit, molecular and isolation centre at the hospital when the committee visited in 2020.
He however said the Agboola-led administration has been able to turn around the hospital with the little funds from the government.
He added, “I am here with my colleagues who are member of the Committee. We are here on oversight visit to the federal Neuropsychiatry hospital.
“When we came last year, there was no intensive care unit, molecular laboratory, there was no isolation center.
“When we came last year, this place was in a sorry state but thank God for the Intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari for his timely intervention.”
Meanwhile, Obi lamented desertion at public hospitals following the ongoing strike by the National Association of Resident Doctors.
The Chairman of the House committee on Health institutions complained that the ongoing strike has affected operation of public hospitals across the country.
Obi who claimed the House committee has visited not less than four health institutions in different parts of the country, lamented that the public is at the receiving end of the ongoing strike.
He however urged doctors and federal government to compromise so as to make health accessible to the masses.
He added, “on the issue of the strike by the resident doctors who are currently on strike, the matter is before a court of competent jurisdiction and the court will definitely do justice to it, but I am calling for compromise both from the side of the federal government and the side of the union of the doctors who are on strike.
“If we compromise a little to the left and a little to the right, we will find a way out of the problem and as soon as it’s resolved, it will be good for our people.
“This I want it to be done in the interest of the patient because now, the hospital have all been deserted, because the resident doctors are the one doing the big the job in the hospital.”
Earlier in his remarks, the Medical Director of Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Aro, Dr. Paul Agboola lamented that half of the Internally Generated Revenue of the hospital is being spent on maintainance and welfare.
Agboola urged the Assembly to fast track the transmission of the bill which he claimed would assist in tackling some of the challenges faced by the centre.
The provost however lamented that many abandoned patients have become the responsibility of the hospital,in spite of the difficult financial situation of the institution
He explained that patients are being being abandoned by their families and relatives.
He further said, “our challenge has been funding, we deal with people that may not be productive, if they are not in good state mentally. This people depend on their family members and Government for sustainace, however if the mental health bill is passed, the suffering big our clients will be reduced.
“Most of them, their families are tired of caring for them. We are using our little resources to treat them because some of these patients didn’t have money to pay and we still fund their bills, this is affecting our IGR.”
In his response, Obi however hinted that the National Assembly has passed a mental health bill to address most of the challenges facing the running of health facility.
He noted that the bill will soon be transmitted to the president for his assent.