The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), Professor Abdulwaheed Olatinwo said the UITH would before the end of this year make available a catlab towards boosting the open-heart surgery efforts the hospital. But Olatinwo identified incessant strike actions of some of the health workers of the hospital as antithetical to growth and a hindrance to effective healthcare delivery in Nigeria, noting that strike action has become an obsolete style resolving industrial disharmony in the health sector of any nation the world over. The UITH boss spoke yesterday in Ilorin the Kwara state capital when three patients of the hospital were discharged after open-heart surgeries, involving corrections of malfunctioning valves and their replacement. The development was the third of its kind under the leadership of the CMD. Besides; he was the pioneering hospital boss of the UITH to have commenced the complex operations. The operations were conducted by a team of surgeons from India with the supports of some Cardio Thoracic surgeons of the UITH. Although the cost of any of the operations was put at a sum of N7 million the hospital merely collected a sum of one million from each of the patients. He said, “As workers of health sector, we need to look beyond the issue of money while discharging our duties to the patients. In India for instance, where majority of the human population are neither Muslim nor Christian they have better passion for the job than many of our colleagues here in Nigeria. “We could have done these procedures some months ago but for the recurring strikes of some category of our doctors. We should know that God is watching us and He is the best rewarder of the diligent ones. What is amazing in these Indians is the fact that they left for their country on Friday and resumed work the next day, which was on Saturday. If it had happened to us here do you think we would have resumed duties when they did? ” Olatinwo, who disclosed how an Indian doctor had told him of his capacity to carry out 40 complexes corrective operations of the heart in a day, urged the UITH staff to emulate the kind gestures towards making the hospital a model for its contemporaries. He said, “As workers of health sector, we need to look beyond the issue of money while discharging our duties to the patients. In India for instance, where majority of the human population are neither Muslim nor Christian they have better passion for the job than many of our colleagues here in Nigeria. “We could have done these procedures some months ago but for the recurring strikes of some category of our doctors. We should know that God is watching us and He is the best rewarder of the diligent ones. What is amazing in these Indians is the fact that they left for their country on Friday and resumed work the next day, which was on Saturday.

 

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