Dr Ahmed Attah, the newly appointed Chief Medical Director (CMD), Kogi State Specialist Hospital (KSSH) Lokoja, has assumed duty on Monday.
The Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello on July 16, appointed Dr Ahmed Attah to take over from the outgone CMD, Dr Ehalaye Bolorunduro.
Attah, a former Chairman of Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), until his appointment as CMD, was the former Special Adviser to the governor on Health Matters.
Speaking at the handover ceremony in KSSH, the outgone CMD, Ehalaye, thanked the management and staff of the hospitals for the support given to him while in office, and urged them to accord more support to the new CMD.
Attah commended the outgone CMD for his numerous achievements while in office in spite of the daunting challenges, saying “I will build on the feats of my predecessor.”
He, thereafter, met with the KSSH management and staff, where he commended them for their sacrifice and for doing the unimaginable to ensure the smooth running of the hospitals during hard times.
He stressed that in spite the visible challenges of power, infrastructure and welfarism, they remained committed to delivering effective quality service delivery.
He, therefore, urged the staff to give him all the needed support by joining hand with him to move the hospital forward, saying without their cooperation he would not be able to make progress.
”We need everybody on board irrespective of tribe, religious or ethnicity; we must work as a team to achieve success and bring back the lost glory of KSSH,” Attah said.
He urged them to always make their patients top priority while assuring them that, ”as management, we will take your welfare as our top priority.
”We must always welcome and receive our patients with love and smile on our faces to enhance effective and quality service delivery at all times.
”New innovation and great ideas are needed from all of you on how to move the KSSH to a greater height”.
He thanked the governor for the privilege he had given him to serve in that capacity in his bid to move the state to the next level, saying he would no down.
Attah noted that the balance of the bailout fund for Kogi government had just been released by the federal government, adding that all salaries and pensions’ arrears of workers would be cleared in the next two weeks.
He, however, warned all staff to avoid any form of sharp practice as all revenue leakages would be plugged and harmonised for the development of the hospital.
Speaking on behalf of the management and staff, Mr Dele Makilu, Director Administration, KSSH, assured Attah of their support and promised to work with him as a team.
The new CMD was conducted round the facilities and various wards at the hospital for assessment.