The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, in Abuja on Monday, called on boards of Federal Government-owned hospitals to increase their internally generated revenue to meet their needs.
Chukwu made the call while inaugurating governing boards of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, Bauchi, National Obstetric Fistula Centre, Abakaliki and National Ear Care Centre, Kaduna.
He urged the members to be efficient in the management of the resources available to the hospitals and to be innovative in generating revenue.
“It is the expectation of the government that each board will strengthen the resource base of its institution.
“The main function of the boards is to provide oversight on the management to ensure the implementation of government policies and the effective and efficient utilisation of resources.
“The boards should not be directly involved in the procurement process but should provide oversight function,’’ the minister said.
Chukwu added that in generating revenue for their hospitals, it should not be at the detriment of patients, but that quality service must be rendered.
Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa, urged the board members to judiciously use the resource allocated to their organisation.
He said the board members should ensure professional harmony in their hospitals, adding that the Senate was working hard to ensure the passage of the health bill.
Rep. Ndudi Elumelu, Chairman, House Committee on Health, said there was need to verify the actual workforce in hospitals and chase out ghost workers form the payrolls.
“There is a need for our health/research institutes to embark on research and scientific studies on how to curtail and combat diseases affecting the well being of Nigerians.
“I plead with you to ensure that you do not use your position to influence award of contacts or share contracts among yourselves’’, he said.