Health Delivery: Ekiti FETHI Incorporates Indigent Patients’ Fund

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Dame Okowa on Thursday at General Hospital, Owa-Oyibu, Ika North East Local Government Area, putting on eye glasses for a beneficiary during the flag-off of Free Medical Outreach organized by Fidelity Bank's 'Helping Hands Programme' in partnership with O'5 Initiative, the Pet Project of the governor's wife.

By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, AdoEkti

In an apparent move to cater for the healthcare needs of the poor patients who throng the facility of the Federal Teaching Hospital (FETHI), Ido-Ekiti, to access medicare, the management of the health institution has incorporated an indigents patients’ fund.

The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Prof. Adekunle Ajayi, who said hospitals including FETHI needed aid to be able to support the medical needs of the indigent in society, sought support from philanthropists to hospitals to expand the scope of their service delivery.

Ajayi sated this at Ido-Ekiti,the headquarters of Ido/Osi Local Government Area of the Stae during the discharge ceremony for two-month old baby Emmanuella who was delivered in 24 weeks gestation weighing 600 grammes and referred to the hospital for management following complications.

The CMD, who said management of the baby’s case, a condition which he said was “peculiar because it is rare, 24 weeks gestation to be delivered that survived that is rare” and indeed expensive, said such a fund would come handy for indigent patients and their parents.

The baby’s mother, Comfort Mejabi, in a bid to have a second child in the last 11 years, had had four spontaneous abortions before she had the conception of Emmanuella who came down as a preterm delivery in Kogi State on June 30 and was referred to FETHI for management.

Ajayi said, “We need support from people. FETHI is in Ido-Ekiti truly, but from the case of Emmanuella, the baby was referred from Kogi State. Those who will enjoy the quality services that we render here go beyond Ekiti. We are calling on the people of Ekiti and beyond to help us, come and invest with us, come and endow things here, come and buy things and give to us.

“We have just incorporated an Indigent Fund for instance with which we intend to fund the healthcare needs of the poorest of the poor who come to this hospital regularly. We will depend on the society to put money in this fund so that we can help these people.

“We are trying to make well endowed people in community come to help us in this regard. A lot of us donate money to churches, political parties, associations, organizations, but we forget to come to the hospital and help build that system.

“I did an analysis of how much we had to waive for patients last year, it was in the range of N50 million – patients who came for treatment and could not afford the bill, despite the fact that our charges are not high, a lot cannot still afford it.

“Sometimes, people are too quick to come forward to criticize and castigate hospitals when they commit errors, but they hardly ask questions about what they can do to improve the system at such a time. This is an area I think we need to look at.

“People should take a cue from Pastor Folu Adeboye, the wife of Redeemed Christian Church of God General Overseer, Folu Adeboye, who recently donated money to the hospital so that we can use it to care for people. Let me assure her and the general public that that we have put the money to good use. We encourage others to toe that line,” the CMD said.

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