The House of Representatives have urged the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, to create conducive waiting rooms around the hospital.
Members of the House Committee on Health, during an oversight visit of the institution on Monday, said befitting and comfortable waiting rooms will help calm patients’ relatives and visitors.
Paschal Chigozie, chairman of the committee, and Samuel Adejare, representing Agege Federal Constituency, said this would improve the outlook of the hospital and eliminate situations whereby people hang around the corridors of the wards.
Mr Chigozie, however, said the committee observed that LUTH had recorded a lot of improvement among other health institutions in the country, adding that it was satisfied with the level of work on the ongoing projects.
He commended the federal government for allocating funds to health institutions and extolled Femi Gbajabiamila, the speaker of the House of Representatives, philanthropists and organisations who had been benevolent to LUTH.
He implored the speaker to replicate such a gesture across health institutions in the country.
He said the committee could not go through LUTH’s submission but would invite the management of LUTH for further discussions on the papers.
Earlier, Chris Bode, the chief medical director of LUTH, had said the hospital was facing some challenges.
Represented by Wasiu Adeyemo, the chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC), LUTH, Mr Bode said some of the challenges included an acute shortage of manpower.
Other challenges, according to him, are the appointment of house officers, replacement of staff who had mostly left as a result of brain drain and encroachment of parts of the hospital’s lands.