By Olufemi Adediran, Abeokuta
Worried by the deplorable condition of facilities at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu, the Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun on Sunday declared that the institution is unfit to produce competent doctors.
The Governor who made the declaration during an inspection visit to the institution, lamented that the hospital which used to be one of the best medical facilities in the country had become a sub-standard hospital.
Abiodun who stressed the urgent need for the revival and rehabilitation of the hospital to a world class medical institution, disclosed that his administration would soon set up a team to revive its lost glory.
The Governor observed that, many of the medical equipment are obsolete, and others not functional, which include the mortuary already overtaken by odour which pervaded the hospital vicinity, due to lack of maintenance, and non-availability of needed equipment to make it functional.
Speaking in an interview with journalists after the inspection, Abiodun explained that the visit was informed by his earlier meeting with Health management, adding that, this follow report he got about the position of the hospital, being the only Teaching Hospital in the State.
The Governor said, “This visit was informed by my meeting with Heads of the Health Institutions, Hospital Management. It is the only Teaching Hospital in the State, and with the report I got which is disheartening. It is worse than deplorable”.
Abiodun disclosed that after a final report from the Medical Director, he would set up a team to revive the lost glory of the Hospital, stressing that his administration attached importance to health sector, with assurance to turn round the institution for better.
“I am putting up a team, after a final report from the Medical Director. I don’t see how this place can produce good Doctors; we shall go back to drawing board. The place is substandard. This hospital is in depressing state. We shall look into facilities and personnel”, the Governor assured.