OrderPaperToday – Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has given reasons why teaching hospitals across the country are in poor condition.

The reasons are: overcrowding of tertiary healthcare institutions, unstable power and water supply, increased construction of health care centres among others.

He stated these when he appeared in the Senate chamber to discuss the plight of teaching hospitals on Tuesday.

He lamented that states have abandoned healthcare, leaving the federal government to take charge.

“There is the need for states to partner with us (Federal Government) so primary and secondary healthcare centres can start working and doctors can spend more time with patients”, he said.

Adewole added: “Diesel is also a problem. The solution is to improve power supply and reduce dependency on diesel. We need support from the Minister of Power.”

Speaking on releases, the minister said all hospitals receive 50% to 70% of their allocations.

He also touched on the increase in construction of primary health care centres which are usually abandoned.

According to him, the centers are abandoned because they are difficult to maintain.

He advised saying, “let’s stop building institutions. We have over 30,000 centers all over, if we have 10,000 working we can reach all of them.”

On the issue of scarcity of placement for medical doctors, he said the Federal Government will now be in charge of posting with the exception of Lagos and Abuja.

He also stated that Chief Medical Officers by law are independent and managed by boards.

Also, the Ministry of health cannot interfere but can only give general directories, he added.

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