WE DIDN’T DO ENOUGH FOR OOUTH – IPAYE, AMOSUN’S HEALTH COMMISSIONER

The immediate past Commissioner for Health in Ogun state, Dr Babatunde Ipaye, has admitted that the administration  of Senator Ibikunle Amosun for eight years did not do well for the embattled Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, SagamuThis is even as he accused Governor Dapo Abiodun of misleading the people of the state on the through state of facilities at the  tertiary health insitution.Abiodun had last month during his inspection tour of  the hospital,  lamented  the deplorable state of  the hospital, saying that  it required serious overhaul.The Iperu prince also  bemoaned the deplorable state of the teaching hospital despite its importance to the medical students and masses at large.He  noted that the teaching hospital had lost of several accreditations due to its facility deficit.Abiodun was accompanied by his wife, Bamidele, the Medical Director, Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta, Prof Semiu Musa-Olomu and the Ogun State Head of Service, Lanre Bisiriyu among others”This (OOUTH) being the first and only teaching hospital in this state and from the report that they gave me which was very disheartening, I thought I should come and see things for myself.”I would set up a team to immediately begin how to look at that approach that would make this place be functional as it should be. I don’t see how this place can produce doctors that would be able to look after patients.  I don’t see how they even look after patient with their current state.   “So, we have to go back to the drawing board.  I understand that they have lost a lot of accreditations, which is not surprising based on what we see here.  Most of the buildings that are here are buildings that were inherited from the old general hospital.  “This place is sub-standard;I am going to sit down and look at how best this place would start working perfectly.  We also have to look at the PPP approach to ensure that all these are working. “This hospital at a point in time was the best teaching hospital in this country and the faculty of medicine was number one in the country.  But, today we are not happy withmits present state.But Ipaye, while  reacting to the governor’s stance in a statememt,  accused him of  playing to the gallery.He said: “I have chosen to take a deserved rest and keep mute while this government lasts. I have to now break my deliberate silence on the exuberance of the present govt on OOUTH and the politics of the 250-bed hospital.”I agree we did not do enough for OOUTH and I am not particularly proud of that. But you may wish to note the following lies of Mr. Governor”.Below is also part of the full text of Ipaye’s statement.1. The University and Teaching hospital conducted two sets of call-to-medical profession in 2019 for graduating doctors. So which accreditation(s) was/were lost? What he said on TV was a BIG lie.2. The Maternity ward whose wall was shown had been evacuated months before he visited. A newly renovated that maternity ward allows good clinical flow had replaced the old maternity ward. His cameras did not see the new maternity ward and the newly renovated children ward beside it.3. We built a model PHC centre for Child Survival, Immunization and other key PHC activities, his cameras never saw that.4. We converted the abandoned food services building to a 36 bed Male Surgical Ward, his camera never saw that.5. We remodelled the Children Emenrgency Unit, his cameras didn’t see that.6. We inherited an abandoned dilapidating O&G building, reconstructed it into the Male Medical and Infectious Control Unit and got post-graduate accreditation for Medicine Dept, your governor did not see it.7. We facilitated a diagnostic centre based on PPP and a cancer screening centre, they were so invincible to the team that visited.8. We commissioned a 33KVA power supply that provides at least 18hours of electricity to the hospital after 30 years of 11KVA supply and that amounts to nothing to Mr. Governor9. We revised the business process and reduced Pharmaceutical out-of-stock from as high as 70% in previous regimes to less than 5% before we left, that is not service improvement.10. I have a video to share, but will not share same to avoid a witch hunt of workers of OOUTH on their comments when I was being sent off as the first HCH to be so honoured.You guys may wish to visit OOUTH to confirm  or refute the above and decide if you will continue to spread the lies.Honesty and Integrity are siamese twin. Enough said.Tunde Ipaye

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