Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo has approved the appointment of 14 Chief Medical Directors and Medical Directors in Teaching Hospitals, Federal Medical Centres and Specialty Hospitals in Nigeria.
This was contained in an approval letter signed by the Deputy Chief of Staff to the acting president and addressed to the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole.
Adewole in a statement issued wednesday by the Director, Media and Public Relations, Ministry of Health, Mrs. Boade Akinola, said the appointment which takes immediate effect of four years tenure is in two categories.
He stated that five of the appointees would be serving their second and final terms while the remaining nine would be serving their first tenure.
The minister listed the name of the new chief executive officers and their health facilities to include: Professor Bisala Ekele (University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada); Dr V.A. Osiatuma (Federal Medical Centre, Asaba); Professor Idris Suleiman (Federal Medical Centre, Birnin Kudu); Professor Abdus Musa (Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta); Dr O.O. Alabi (Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja); Dr Adejuwon Dada (Federal Medical Centre, Ebute-Metta, Lagos); Dr Ibrahim Wakawa (Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Maiduguri); Dr O.C. Ogun (Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Lagos) and Dr Shehu Sale (Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Sokoto).
According to him, the five that would serve their second tenure are Professor A.Z. Mohammed (Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano); Professor Anthony Igwegbe (Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi); Dr Wiza Inusa (Federal Medical Centre, Jalingo); Dr Joseph B. Okegbe (Federal Medical Centre, Calabar) and Dr Sunday Olotu (Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Uselu, Benin-City).
The minister congratulated all the appointees, and charged them to reciprocate the federal government’s gesture by taking their appointment as a call to service.
He also advised them to hit the ground running by ensuring that they operate an all-inclusive administration that will promote efficiency, transparency and accountability.
Adewole stated further that the Chief Executive Officers are to support the current health agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari administration which is aimed at achieving Universal Health Coverage.
He also reminded them that their health facilities should provide leadership for adjoining secondary and primary health facilities through training and supervision of healthcare services that are rendered.
The minister concluded by cautioning the new appointees that government would monitor their performance and not shy away from wielding the big stick should anyone abuse his/her office.
In the light of this development, minister charged all the professionals in the health sector to support the new appointees in their health facilities to reposition the sector.
He called on them to note that the success of the new administration is the collective success of the Nigerian health workers.