The Plateau State Specialist Hospital in Jos welcomed a new era of leadership on Wednesday as Prof. Chris Yilgwan officially assumed his position as the substantive Chief Medical Director (CMD).
Prof. Yilgwan, a seasoned Consultant Paediatrician, takes the reins from Dr. Philemon Golwa, who had been leading the hospital in an acting capacity.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Governor Caleb Mutfwang recently appointed Yilgwan as the substantive CMD of the hospital reflecting the administration’s commitment to revitalizing the healthcare sector within the state.
Yilgwan, who promised to turn around the fortunes of the hospital, said he would ensure it assumed the actual status of a specialist hospital.
He said: “This hospital is only a specialist hospital on paper, but in actually sense, it has not assumed that status.
“I understand how a system functions; one person cannot bring about the required change.
“The whole team will have to collaborate and work together, so I will be counting on all personnel, including other critical stakeholders in the health sector, toward ensuring that this hospital stands out in quality service delivery.”
Yilgwan, who thanked Mutfwang for appointing him, expressed the Governor’s commitment to improving the health sector in Plateau State.
He said: “I know the passion and commitment of the governor in making quality healthcare accessible and affordable for every Plateau citizen.
“The governor has also told me how passionate he is about this hospital in particular; so I believe that government is also committed to giving this medical facility a face-lift.”
In his remarks, the outgoing CMD, who was flanked by the management staff of the hospital, promised to support Yilgwan to succeed.
Golwa, who reeled out a myriad of challenges bedeviling the hospital, prayed God to grant the new CMD the wherewithal and wisdom to effect positive changes in the facility.