- Amid the coronavirus pandemic, President Buhari has made a crucial appointment in the health sector
- The president appointed a medical director and provost for the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Aro, Abeokuta
- The new MDs is Afis Akanni Agboola and his appointments took effect from July 27, 2020
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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of a provost and Medical Director (MD) for Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Aro, Abeokuta, Ogun state, BusinessDay reports
According to a press statement signed and issued in Abeokuta by Abiola Ajibola, Public Relations Officer, the new MD is Afis Akanni Agboola, a Consultant Psychiatrist.
His appointment as medical director through a letter dated Tuesday, August 11, and issued by Olorunnimbe Mamora, the minister of state for health, indicates that Agboola's initial term of four years takes effect from July 27, 2020.
Agboola was the immediate past head of SERVICOM and Quality Improvement Services at the hospital before his appointment as the provost and medical director.
The new provost qualified as medical doctor with Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery back in 1998 from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun state, and holds a Masters in Public Health with Management Option at the same institution in 2016.
In 1999, he had his internship at General Hospital, Lagos and underwent National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme at Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Aro in Abeokuta.
He was later appointed as a registrar in Postgraduate Medical Residency Training Programme in Psychiatry at the Federal Psychiatric Hospital, Calabar, Cross River state in 2001.
A fellow of the West African College of Physicians, Agboola was appointed as a Consultant Psychiatrist at Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Aro, Abeokuta in 2007.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that following the strike by resident doctors in the country, the federal ministry of health has asked chief medical directors and managing directors of federal tertiary hospitals to start using consultants and doctors on NYSC scheme for routine services.
The directive was given in a statement issued by the minister of health, Osagie Ehanire in Abuja on Wednesday, September 9.
Ehanire pleaded with the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) to call off the strike, reminding them that the primary duty of doctors was to save lives.
He said the time of the strike was ill-timed, taking into consideration the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
In other news, the Nigerian government has said that during the COVID-19 pandemic it has spent N20 billion on health workers allowance.
Olorunnimbe Mamora, minister of state for health, made the disclosure while speaking on Channels Television breakfast show, Sunrise Daily on Wednesday, September 9.
Mamora while dismissing allegations that the government is not committed to the welfare of health workers said steps are been taken to meet up with their demands.
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