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    FUOYE MD, Olawale seeks collaboration with NGOs, others on SDGs

    Toye Fisher and Femi Otitoju

      …lauds VC’s support for new ambulance, ECG machine
      …lauds VC’s support for new ambulance, ECG machine

    The Directorate of Health Services, Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), is seeking more collaboration with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to increase health awareness and sensitization between staff and the students to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    Besides, it lauded the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Abayomi Sunday Fasina, for his support by providing not only an enabling environment for the Health Centre to expand in terms of finances but procuring a brand new Ambulance, ECG machine, employing more qualified medical personnel and many others, describing the VC’s support as unprecedented.

    This was said by the institution’s Medical Director, Dr. Musbau Olawale in an interactive session with Esquire FUOYE. He said: “We need to intensify efforts to collaborate with more NGOs and other health facilities on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    *We are actually in partnership with the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA). They do come to this place to give awareness to both staff and the students.

    “We are also in collaboration with the Federal Medical Center, Ido-Ekiti which has several departments. Also, we are in partnership with the Ekiti State Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH) but we still need to have collaboration with more so that we will have the opportunity to make more impact. We will continue to engage them so we can get more of them.”

    Also, while appraising the just concluded medical screening exercise embarked upon by the university for members of staff, Dr. Olawale said “I must say that the exercise was a success and has helped us to discover a lot of hidden illnesses among our staff. Of course we said it was strictly confidential and that was why I single-handedly handled it myself.

    ”He went on: “We found out some of our staff are having illnesses that they are not even aware of, so we had to refer some of them to Federal Medical Centre, Ido-Ekiti. Most of the test in Ido-Ekiti for those that are enrolled on NHIS is free and the ones that are not free attracts a payment of just 10%. So, a lot of our staff have been coming to appreciate and commend us.

    “The exercise went very well as planned and at the time it ended, we were able to attend to well over nine hundred staff over all our campuses. We ensured we moved around as we actually informed their Directors and HODs before we got there.

    “We must also commend them because they were very supportive as some of them had to vacate their offices for us to work and even made available their generators to power our equipment. We must give all glory to God and also thank the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Abayomi Sunday Fasina for the support he gave us.”Dr. Olawale also commended the management of the university led by Professor Abayomi Sunday Fasina for the planned expansion of the health center building, employment of more personnel and the purchase of a brand new ambulance for more efficient services.According to him: “What the health services are benefitting from the management being led by Professor Abayomi Sunday Fasina is unprecedented.

    We have never seen it like this before. We realize that he’s very much interested in the well-being of the staff and the students. Our brand new ambulance has just arrived to add to the older one that was refurbished and upgraded when he first came in while we now have our own Electrocardiographic (ECG) machine and through this exercise, some of our doctors have been trained to handle and conduct the test.

    “The plan for the extension of the health center has been approved and work is expected to commence on it anytime from now. It’s going to be a standard hospital that would gulp millions of naira. We just employed more personnel on temporary basis to be able to cater for the growing population of the university and we are positive that their employment would be made permanent as time goes on.

    “We just have to appreciate the Vice-Chancellor and his team who have always been supporting him to ensure that we get all these things done because health is wealth.

    He has prepared for everyone to ensure they are all taken care of.“We must also appreciate and commend the efforts of the Directorate of Corporate Services, Mr. Foluso Ogunmodede for the role he played alongside his team during the medical screening exercise especially in the area of coverage and awareness created among members of staff.”

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