World class 500-bed facility for UNIMEDTH
By Adekola Afolabi
The ongoing construction of 500-bed facility at University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital, UNIMEDTH, Akure, the Ondo state capital will provide first-class health services for the citizenry.
Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu while being conducted round the new Teaching Hospital yesterday by the Chief Medical Director, Dr. Oluwole Ige, said the facility would provide 300 beds space to start with, noting that his administration is actually targeting 500-bed facility.
Speaking after the inspection, the Governor stressed that his administration is upgrading the health facility from a 150-bed to a 500-bed hospital.
Akeredolu revealed that he has equally directed that houses very close to the hospital should be valued in order for government to acquire them with a view to providing enough space for the teaching hospital, adding that government is ready to acquire the affected buildings and compensate the owners.
He stated that apart from the fact that it was very dangerous living very close to a hospital, the acquisition will enable government expand the facility and build a modern world-class Teaching Hospital.
Already, the Critical Care Unit complex has been constructed and will be used as temporary Accident and Emergency ward to allow for the demolition and construction of a two-storey complex at the current A & E building.
Also, a new building has been constructed for the Children Emergency ward.
The present administration has also begun the reconstruction of a 16-year-old abandoned structure at the hospital, which is projected to be used for surgical out patient ward.
“All of us have toured this facility and I’m sure you remember what we met on ground here . Since we came on board, things have changed here including the road network and a number of buildings here have been renovated, but we have just started
“The important thing is that we are building a new medical ward, a two-storey building and it will be so big. Very soon, by next month the frontage will go down and it will allow for a modern medical world-class facility.
“It is taking us a lot to arrive at making this place a world-class Teaching Hospital. We know that the University of Medical Sciences needed to have a befitting hospital. Instead of building new ones or concentrating in one area, we decided to have a multi-sector hospital. This place used to be a 150-bed hospital, but now it will be 300-bed when we complete it.
”Our target is to have a 500-bed Teaching Hospital. A number of buildings around will have to go and we will pay compensation and expand the hospital to make it big,” the governor stressed.
Earlier, Special Adviser to the governor on Health, Dr Jibayo Adeyeye, said all the good work going on at the facility is being replicated exactly at the Medical Village in Ondo which have also started in full force.
“We don’t want to disrupt the current hospital services, hence the decision to build the Critical Care Unit (CCU) of the hospital that will serve temporarily as the accident and emergency unit.
“Everyone at the current building will move to the new ones so that we can demolish the old ones and build a new one,” he said.