The Chief Medical Director, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi Araba, Prof. Chris Bode, has lamented the impact of strikes on health care delivery, saying the frequent industrial action embarked upon by medical doctors is causing instability in the system.
Bode said this during the oversight inspection of facilities at the hospital by the House of Representatives Committee on Health Institutions.
“A lot of confidence developed within the client-base during the past 20 months of the pandemic has also been lost. The rapidly deteriorating value of the Naira has an ongoing deleterious effect on awarded contracts and budget projections.
“All contractors have asked for variation and reviews because of cost overrun. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has more than halved patronage and attendance in hospitals, affecting revenue generation and projected expansion,” he said.
The CMD also lamented the impact of brain drain in the country’s health care system, adding that the emigration of medical staff had eroded the staff strength in all professional cadres, as professional staff had been resigning and leaving for greener pastures.
The Chairman, House Committee on Health Institutions, Chigozie Obi, said that the essence of the visit was to ensure that budgetary provisions were appropriately utilised.
Obi commended the CMD for the ongoing rehabilitation of facilities in the hospital.