The House of Representatives has charged Chief Medical Directors, CMDs, of Federal Hospitals to think outside the box in the running of their institutions.
Chairman, House Committee on Health Institutions Hon. Pascal Obi gave the charge at the 2021 budget defense by CMDs in Abuja.
The CMDs were also urged to increase their Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, and use allocated funds judiciously as no amount of funding is ever enough when it comes to health.
Hon. Obi disclosed that the National Assembly is aware of the challenges faced by Hospitals and has consistently interfaced with the Executive for greater funding of Health Institutions.
He said that the interface has resulted in an increase of over 100% in capital budgetary provision and an increase in outsource funds from three billion to five billion for health institutions.
Making their various submissions, the CMDs lamented the worrisome exodus of trained medical personnel and the manpower gap it has created, stressing the need to create an enabling environment that would make doctors stay in Nigeria.
They also told the House that the cost of rendering free COVID19 services in the heat of the pandemic in Nigeria is yet to be reimbursed by the Ministry of Health, noting that they were directed by the budget office to expunge training provisions from their 2021 budget proposal and appealed to the committee to intervene as specialized trainings were needed in some areas.
According to their summation of the CMDs, an average medical centre spends about 45 million naira monthly on power generation.
They appealed for an upward review of overheads as their IGR could no longer cover this and other sundry cost.
The Committee however maintained that the House of Representatives is poised to profer comprehensive solutions to infrastructure and manpower gaps in the nation’s health sector.
They also promised to liaise with the Ministry of Health over the COVID 19 treatment cost reimbursement.

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