By Shola Akingboye 20th November, 2020
The Honourable Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire has said that the managements and boards of the federal government controlled hospitals only reports to his ministry, says neither the Federal Ministry of Health or himself dictates the tune of projects and programmes executed by the hospitals.
Dr. Ehanire affirmed this on the sidelines of the commissioning of two key projects executed by the management of the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Maiduguri (FNPHM) on Thursday, 19th November, 2020, according to a press statement made available to RegentAfrica Times by the Director, Media and Public Relations, FMOH, Olujimi Oyetomi.
“They only report to us and we get the projects and programmes approved for them in their budgets for onward execution.”, says the Minister.
The projects commissioned according to FMHO, includes a fully built and furnished building for Medical Rehabilitation which also houses the Psychogeriatrics Unit of the Clinical Psychology Department. The other was a fully built and furnished Electro-diagnostic Centre.
It also revealed that the visibly elated Medical Director of FNPHM, Dr. Ibrahim Abdullahi Wakama disclosed to the Honourable Minister of Health’s Team, H.E. Governor Zulum’ s entourage and the media that the projects were the 2020 Capital projects of his hospital.
Dr. Ehanire according to the statement was accompanied to the commissioning activity by H.E. Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State, some members of the Borno State Executive Council, the Director Hospital Services in the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), Dr. Adebimpe Adebiyi, mni, the Director in charge of Teaching Hospitals in the Ministry, Dr. Ngozi Onwudiwe, the Senior Technical Assistant to the Honourable Minister, Dr. Chris Isokpunwu and the Director, Media, Olujimi Oyetomi.
The mandate of the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Maiduguri include research and training in the field of Mental Health and Neuroscience – Clinical depression, Schizophrenia and Bipolar disorder.