By Ruth Oketunde
Abuja, – The Federal Medical Center, Jabi, Abuja, has won the ‘Best Public Health Institution of the Year’ award among Commonwealth countries.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the award was presented to Prof.. Sa’ad Ahmed, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the hospital, on Wednesday in Abuja.
The Commonwealth Medical Association which presented the award also bestowed on the CMD the ‘Commonwealth Advocate of the Year Award’.
Dr Osahon Enabulele, President, Commonwealth Medical Association, said that the award is in recognition of diligence, excellence and commitment of those within and outside the health system.
Enabulele said the recipients were carefully selected by a selection committee in recognition of their efforts in promoting health system performance, delivery of quality services and citizens’ welfare.
He said the award is geared towards promoting quality service delivery and motivating healthcare workers to continue to produce and increase their productivity.
The association’s president also said the award scheme which had a quality selection team and process, ensured that there is no dispute about the process.
According to him, this could be verified online on the association’s website.
Enabulele said, “Having transversed the length and breath of several countries in the world, and engaged with several physicians and health care professionals and indeed citizens of those countries, I must say that everywhere I go to, I am amazed at the very serious commitment that the health care professionals, physicians and healthcare workers, give to service their fellow beings.
“In terms of rendering care and everywhere you go, you find out that in spite of their challenges and constraints, they are undeterred to execute their role in the society.
“It is worse in Africa, where it is seen as a normal thing. No body cares, and a lot is expected of you.”
Enabule added that for those who appreciated the Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, they would see that appreciation of self esteem, collective or individual, are very important.
“So as one who believes in recognition of works, individual of collective works, I have always put in my leadership agenda, the need to motivate excellence.
“This is to motivate those who are really committed to the delivery of quality services, to those who are excellently performing their responsibilities and I always make it to be objective,” he said.
On his part, the CMD appreciated the association for the recognition accorded him and the hospital.
Ahmed, who appreciated the hospital staff members for their support, assured that the health facility would continue to put the patients first in their endeavours.
“This is a challenge to do more and we want to assure you that we will do more, though we may have our challenges, we will look at the positive side of everything.
“We have quite resilient staff, who are ready to put in their efforts to positive changes,” he said. (NAN)