Foundation calls for accountability, transparency in healthcare delivery
Donates medical oxygen gas, others to hospitals
To ameliorate the dispensation of medical services in Nigeria, a foundation, Mahuemolen Aduke Odibo Foundation (MAOF), has called on health institutions to prioritise the guiding principles of accountability, transparency and prompt delivery of health care services.
The Foundation expressed worry over negligence in private and public hospitals.
Founder and Co-Chairman, MAOF, Cecilia Odibo, said this during the donation of medical oxygen and cylinders, to the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), and Redemption Hospital, both located in Sagamu, Ogun State.
She said the MAOF, which made the donation in collaboration with the Babington Ashaye Family Foundation, wants to change the narrative by ensuring quality service delivery in healthcare management in Nigeria is brought to the front burner.
She said the inspiration for MAOF was to immortalise Mahuemolen Aduke Odibo, a very promising young lady whose life was cut short due to medical negligence, which was occasioned by lack of medical oxygen gas, suction machine and improper administration of professional care.
She said the Foundation resolved to contribute its quota to improving the society’s healthcare delivery system by addressing issues on medical negligence, inadequate medical equipment and citizenship education to minimise the occurrence and address the knowledge gaps on issues of medical negligence.
Chairman, Board of Trustees, MAOF, Morenike Babington Ashaye, who doubles as the head of the Babington Ashaye Family Foundation, said there was the need to bridge the gap to curtail issues of medical negligence in the healthcare sector.
Ashaye, represented by Dauda Buraimoh, pledged to donate more equipment to hospitals to save more lives.
In their responses, Chief Medical Director, OOUTH, Dr. Peter Adefuye, and Dr. Adeola Ekundayo of the Redemption Hospital, commended the foundations on the initiative to move the healthcare system forward.
Adefuye, who said oxygen should not be scarce in hospitals, maintained that its absence at times is not wilful negligence but negligence by default.
He said there is the need to install oxygen plants in hospitals adding “It is so useful to the sick. We need CSRs for oxygen plants. With that you don’t need to carry a cylinder, it is extracted from the air and passed round. It is technology that has been in existence overseas.”
Ekundayo, who said Nigeria’s health system, is in shambles, called on collaboration among tiers of government in the health sector to upgrade equipment to serve the people, adding that accountability in the health system is paramount.