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Prof Abdullahi Yusuf, Champion Of Steady Transformation In UITH - Senior Staff

Says One Good Term Deserves Another...

Some senior staff of University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, UITH, have described the Chief Medical Director of the facility, Dr Abdullahi Dasilva who has just completed his first term in office as a superlative performer, hailing his strides in prioritisation of Staff welfarism , infrastructure facelifts and steady transformation of the hospital facility within a spate of four years.  

This was made known by the Sector Chairman,  THS of all teaching hospital, medical center and specialist hospital in Nigeria, Comrade Mustapha Kabir and other staff who attested to the spate of development the facility has witnessed in the last four years of Professor Abdullahi Dasilva Yusuf as Cheif Medical Director 

Abdullahi Dasilva Yusuf, a Professor of Psychiatric Medicine with decades of experience in field works was appointed CMD in 2018 and despite inheriting loads of challenges when he assumed office , he had hit the ground running and has achieved imense progress over this period, said Comrade Mustapha Kabir who spoke to our correspondent on phone conversation. 

When asked to assess the situation of the hospital management under the CMD's watch over the last four years , Comrade Kabir who's the acting Sectorila Auditor and other staffers who spoke to us described the era as transformative for the hospital.

Comrade Mustapha Kabir

Comrade Kabir in his speech said:

"Its generally known that Kwara state particularly Ilorin , the capital city has witnessed intense population surge in the last couple of decades as a result of mass movement of Nigerians from north ,south to the state . This has increased pressure over time coupled with the attrition of ‘wear and tear’ on a lot of facilities at the Hospital , apart from this , thosse facilities have also had their capacities been overstretched, especially in view of decades of usage in attending to residents of Kwara who daily throng UITH for minor and tertiary medical cases."

"No doubt, the last four years have been a herculean experience for the hospital management , from staff agitation for their welfare, to attending to decay infrastructure to COVID-19 pressure and to addressing patients continue demands . However, in spite of all these, the Hospital under Professor Abdullahi Yusuf is responding to mitigate the consequences of huge hospital attendance have continued to do everything within his best by ensuring no patient is sent away without getting excellent services ."

"in the last four years, the CMD has not only repositioned the hospital's reputation in terms of service delivery, but has pursued pragmatic and impactful infrastructural projects including policy reforms which positively impacts on the welfare of staffers of UITH thereby placing the Hospital on the path of sustainable growth and development." -he said 

Other medics who spoke to this medium on condition of anonymity because they do not have the official capacity to talk to press also added that despite scarce resources, Professor Abdullahi-led institution has vecome a construction site.

"Despite the paucity of funds facing every sector of Government, UITH under the leadership of Professor Abdullahi Dasilva Yusuf has become a huge construction site with several projects to enhance service delivery being put in place . This is why the Hospital community have agreed on a common goal that a man who have championed this laudable projects and reforms deserves to be reappointed for second term so that he can consolidate on the loads of achievements he has started since 2018. "

"One good term, they say deserves another!"

Comrade Kabir also listed some of the achievements in the last four years to include:


1. Well equipped ultra-modern 10-bedded Intensive Care Units(ICU) to combat COVID-19 

2.Well equipped COVID-19 Isolation Centre

3.Well Equipped and ultra-modern MOLECULAR LABORATORY 

4.Procurement of ICU equipped Ambulance

5.Procurement of 350, 250 KVA capacity Generators to complement municipal electricity supply
6.Well furnished Pharmacy department office/ stores complex to ease pharmaceutical operations/services 

8.Completed and Furnished
Procurement/ACTU office building 

9 Hospital-wide renovation of its old ward blocks, starting with the blocks that have used more than two decades without any touch by prevous administration are now being renovated. Examples of such include Wards and theatre complex with some that are ongoing as at press time

Also, Professor Abdullahi-led institution started and completed the following 

10 .Cobstruction and Equipping of VIP Wards Phase2 of the Hospital 

11.Construction & Equipping of oxygen gas plant for the hospital completed 

12.Construction and equipping of ultra-modern Eye Care Complex is completed 

13. Construction of and furnishing & equipping of Behavioral sciences Departmental building (Drug Abuse)phase1is completed 

14. Construction ,Furnishing & equipping of Nephrology and Urology building phase1is completed 

15. Construction and Furnishing of school complex - offices, lecture rooms , Laboratories, Administrative Blocks, Male & Female hostels, Conference Halls etc are also completed with their perimeter fencing & painting of the hospital permanent site phase 1

16. Complete renovation and construction of various internal Road Networks .

17. Procurement of Various Medical Diagnostic equipment such as Laboratory equipment,Renal dialysis machine, Automatic Tissue processor for Pathology Laboratory, Auoto- fisher Cold blood centrifuge for Haematology dept, Hospital instruments, Beds, office furnitures and equipment, Ultra sound machines for UITH ps and comprehensive health centers, Opthalmology equipment and equipment for surgery and the operating theatres , Radiological equipment such as Mammography and X-ray machines etc.


Pressing further, he said :

"Apart from the CMD's commitment towards infrastructural and service revolution in the hospital, one other area the CMD has hugely invested is staff welfarism and making updated working tools readily available including creating conducive environment where clinal operations can easily take place."

"This has helped address critical issues as well as boosting morales of hospital workers."

"Under this astute Administrator and a detribalised Professor , staffers through their various unions have been given free will to express themselves especially on ussues affecting members of staff who are consider to be the engine that keeps the institution moving. The liberty and freedom enjoyed under Professor Abdullahi Yusuf cannot be compared to any of his predecessors."

"The agitation by some of these unions leaders and their collaboration with management have resulted in so many positive developments which include but not limited to regularization of staff appointments, regular promotion and conversion exercise, regular staff training and development, payment of arrears, allowances and other entitlements due to UITH staff."

"Abdullahi Dasilva Yusuf is therefore a superlative performer who place premium values in the future of UITH, its staff ,patients and their families including those who rely on the facility for ome services or the other .The CMD has continued to change the narrative, setting a new standard of performance in the public sector and repositioning the hospital and set it up for greatness."

"If the future of this great edifice is anything to go by, this man has beat everybody imagination, he has surpassed expectations and have shown leadership capacity over the last four years."

"If some of our heroes past, such as Professor Kuranga Sulaiman Alege ,from Ilorin, Professor Abdulwaheed Olantinwo from Offa can each be allowed to use their 8 solid years in office, nothing should stop a workaholic Professor Abdullahi Dasilva Yusuf, a Moro Man , Kwara north to also complete his second term of another four glorious years in the spirit of justice, equity and fairness to all parts of Kwara state."We must all remember that Posterity is there to judge us all! He submitted.

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