University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital
(UITH) yesterday added another accolades to its chains of achievements
when officials of National Post Graduates Medical College ( NPGMC)
described its paediatric unit as the best in Nigeria.
Led by Professor Ibe from University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu, the officials who came on re accreditation exercise of the paediatric section of the UITH, said the Nursing, Radiology, Health Records units and many others remained models for other sister hospitals in the country.
Other members of the team are Professor Akinsule from University of Lagos Teaching Hospital and his counterpart from Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Professor Adejuyigbe.
Ibe, at the end of the two day exercise said,"we congratulate the UITH management and staff especially the consultants and everyother stake holders for making the unit a laudable one. It is a robust and a proactive one. "
The team leader added that the quality of the teaching and services at the section could not be divorced from yearly flowery performances of its candidates at the NPGMC adding, "with what we have seen we are not surprised at the good external exams' grades of your candidates at our college. "
The Professor of Paediatric extolled the foresights of the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the UITH Professor A. W. O. Olatinwo for increasing the number of Consultants of the unit from 9 before his assumption to 17 at present.
Besides, he commended the spacious nature of the newly built Pediatrics Emergency Section of the UITH but urged the management to uphold the high standard of maintenance of the ward.
Responding, Olatinwo thanked the team for their soothing words noting that such word would only encourage him and his team to continually seek for the progress of the institution.
However, Olatinwo canvassed more public/private collaborations for the growth of the hospital just as he disclosed that what the UITH spends on daily basis could be put at N7million but making a mere N2:5million in returns.
The CMD, a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecoloy said on his assumption of office some seven years ago he met less than 400 population of nurses on the hospital's pay roll, "but today they are more than 800. The same is applicable to all the cadres of doctors and pharmacists and others. "
In the same vein, another team from Pharmaceutical School of University of Ilorin described Olatinwo as a great visionary who in no small measures contributed to the smooth take off of the faculty some seven years ago.
According to Professor Gunu the leader of the team on a courtesy call on the CMD yesterday, but for Olatinwo's magnanimity and foresights it would have been cumbersome for the faculty securing practical sections for its pioneer students who will undergo their induction on Thursday, May 3 this year.
Bouyed by the kind remarks Olatinwo said the UITH would allow the best overall student of the faculty to secure a job at the hospital adding, "but because of my biases for female if the best student is not a female, we will in addition employ the best female student."
The University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) belongs to the second generation of Teaching Hospitals which were established by law on the 2nd May 1980. It took off in July1980 and started operation using as its temporary site, the then General Hospital and Maternity Hospital Ilorin which were owned by the Kwara State Government. The permanent site of the hospital was declared opened by His Excellency, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,Chief Olusegun Obasanjo in May 2007 while complete movement took place in April 2010.