Abia State University Teaching Hospital (ABSUTH) says it will partner non-governmental organisations (NGOs), religious bodies and individuals to ensure provision of quality services in the hospital.
Dr Offia Awah, the ABSUTH Chief Medical Director, made the disclosure in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Thursday in Aba.
Awah said that backwardness the institution suffered in the past resulted from the leadership’s inability to partner other government and non-governmental organisations for service improvement.
“The challenges here are enormous which do not require blame game to solve.
“It is something that we, the managers of this institution, will work on in conjunction with the government, non-governmental agencies and private individuals to solve.
“Rich people should know that what they go abroad to seek in India and other places, we have the manpower to do them here; they only need to support us by investing in providing facilities for us,” he said.
Awah said that the institution now has an active Renal Unit with three dialysis machines, two of which were provided by Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu.
He said the Obstetrics and Gynecology (O and G) Unit now has equipment to carry out Minimal Invasive Surgery requiring a small incision, rather than the cutting up of the human body through massive hemorrhagic surgery.
The chief medical director said that the hospital’s Endoscopy Room in O and G Unit has been equipped with machines and instruments.
He said that the projects were initiated by the hospital, and the facilities were bought and installed from the hospital’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
The chief medical director said the Renal Unit was fixed and equipped on credit, hence the hospital would be repaying little by little.
On the hospital’s Radiography Unit which he said had been digitalised on procurement; Awah said it would be installed and managed on share profit basis with unnamed partners.
According to him, we now have digital X-Ray Machine, Ultra Sound machine; they are all there.
“Unlike before, we now have a standard Intensive Care Unit with Defibrillator, state-of-the-art equipment; all these were procured with IGR.
“We still need Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine, CT-Scan, Mammography machine and others.
“These are necessary facilities that corporate organisations, private individuals and religious bodies can come and help us with and stop medical tourism by Nigerians abroad.
“I am attracting NGOs and some Medical Missions; for instance the new building being erected near our gate is MI, which is being erected in partnership with Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWA) and another individual (three partners).
“The two story building will house the Mamography screening centre for MI, our Hematology Centre, that is an attracted project and we are still calling for more of such collaborations,” he said.
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