The Garki Hospital, Abuja, says it has trained medical personnel and rendered services during the concession by the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA).
The hospital’s Vice-Chairman, Dr Ibrahim Wada, disclosed this in Abuja on Wednesday during a courtesy call on Malam Adamu Bappah, the Secretary, FCTA Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS).
Wada, who was accompanied by the management staff, said that the hospital in the past 11 years had changed the course of medical practice in many ways in the territory.
He said that the hospital had trained many house officers and embarked on residency training to help doctors deliver quality service to patients.
He added that the hospital made some investments in the intensive care and Magnetic Resource Imaging (MRI) units.
“We have done major surgeries that are not typical of general hospitals.
“We have also employed a lot of Nigerians and we are training many more at the level of doctors and specialists.
“We are running a fairly efficient service that can be developed further from where we are for the good of the country,” he said.
He commended the Federal Government and the FCTA and urged them to extend such gesture to other public hospitals to enhance healthcare delivery to the people.
“This opportunity is great; the Public Private Partnership (PPP) has changed the course of medical practice in many ways in the country.
“If this is a good model after they have studied it, then it can still be replicated but the decision is not ours, it is the Federal Government and the FCTA.
“If they consider this worthy of their experiment then it should be for the good of all.
“It will end in 2022, but we are hoping that if it is good, then we will go beyond that period. We have contributed to a change in this country,” he said.
Responding, Bappah thanked the hospital’s personnel for their hard work and support for healthcare delivery to FCT residents.
He however advised the hospital staff not to take their duties lightly to ensure good service delivery to the public.
Gov. Ugwuanyi orders overhauling of Agbani General Hospital
Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State on Monday ordered the total overhauling of facilities in the General Hospital, Agbani, Nkanu West Local Government Area of the state.
Ugwuanyi gave the order when he inspected the new structure at the hospital and the state of facilities existing in the hospital.
The governor said that his administration would deploy the essential materials and manpower to ensure the full operation of the facility.
He said the action was in line with his administration’s resolve to upgrade health facilities in the state for the well being of the people.
Ugwuanyi also inspected the reconstruction of the Colliery Hospital, Enugu, and construction of new structures at the hospital, now designated as an Infectious Disease Isolation and Treatment Centre.
It would be recalled that Ugwuanyi administration last week, awarded multiple contracts for construction and rehabilitation of health facilities across the state.
The contracts include new Primary Health Care Centres in seven LGAs, rehabilitation of 34 health facilities across the 17 LGAs, upgrade and rehabilitation of General Hospital Ogrute, Enugu Ezike and Nsukka District Hospital, among others.
Present during the inspection in Agbani were member representing Nkanu East, West federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Mr Nnolim Nnaji, and the member representing Nkanu West in the State House of Assembly, Mr Iloabuchi Aniagu.
Others included the Nkanu West LGA Chairman, Chief Nwabueze Nnamani, the Permanent Secretary State Ministry of Health, Dr Ifeanyi Agujiobi, among others.
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)
COVID-19 : NNPC commences construction of N21 bn Infectious Disease Hospital in Katsina
The Group Managing Director (GMD), Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mallam Mele Kyari, on Saturday laid the foundation for the construction of a 200-bed Emergency and Infectious Disease Hospital in Kaita, Katsina State.
It is one of the 12 hospitals being constructed by the NNPC across the six geopolitical zones of the country.
Kyari explained that the project, being executed by the NNPC, Total and other oil and Gas companies operating in the country, would be completed in 18 months.
“We are doing this kind of project in 12 states in the six geopolitical zones of the country and these projects were practically funded by the Federal Government of Nigeria through the NNPC,” he said.
Kyari stated that that in addition to the project, NNPC had donated one Toyota ambulance, 10,000 pieces of face masks and full set of ventilator kits to the Katsina State Government to support its ongoing war against COVID-19.
Earlier, Katsina State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Mannir Yakubu, said the construction of the infectious disease hospital would complement the effort of the state government in providing quality healthcare services to the people.
Yakubu thanked the NNPC for the intervention and prayed that the project would be completed on schedule.
Lafia Specialist Hospital to begin postgraduate training of pharmacists – CMD
Dr Hassan Ikrama, Chief Medical Director (CMD), Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital (DASH), Lafia, says the management of the hospital is making efforts to begin postgraduate training of pharmacists.
He made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lafia on Friday.
Ikrama said the essence of the training was to boost the manpower befitting of a specialist hospital.
“We were given accreditation for residency on Obstetrics and Gynaecology recently by the West African College of Surgeons to train doctors to be consultants.
“Currently, we are doing undergraduate training of pharmacists and nurses and we are working seriously to begin postgraduate training for them to assist them to attain the height of their career,” he said.
Ikrama lauded Gov. Abdullahi Sule for giving them the approval to employ additional staff.
“Following the governor’s approval, we have employed more than 100 nurses, 25 doctors as well as others; in addition to the ones we have to bring the health workers to patients’ ratio,” he said.
He also commended the governor for completing and equipping projects started by the former governor and putting the projects to use.
Ikrama said the hospital had, within the last one year, increased the number of theatres from two to four; increased clinics from one to eight and had provided more scanning machines from one to eight.
“Other initiatives to reposition the hospital include the provision of 200 additional beds, renovation of wards, toilets, among others,” he said.
According to him, the hospital has 40 permanent consultants in addition to other visiting consultants in different fields.
“There are 125 doctors apart from nurses, pharmacists and laboratory technicians, among others.
“We have also acquired a brand new digital X-ray machine and can now undertake services for which we used to refer patients to Keffi or Jos,” he said.
Ikrama, therefore, assured members of the public that the management of the hospital would do everything possible to improve on service delivery. .
Gov. Zulum suspend entire staff in Ngala General Hospital for abandoning patents
Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno has all paid staff, amongst them resident medical doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and lab technicians at the General Hospital in Ngala town for abandoning patients to to an International NGO, fhi360.
The New Agency of Nigeria reports that Ngala town liberated from insurgents in 2015 is the Headquarters of Ngala Local Government Area with an international land route into Cameroon, Chad, Sudan and Central Africa.
Zulum’s spokesman, Mallam Isa Gusau, in a statement said the development followed a surprise visit to hospital by the governor where he met only the NGO staff attaining to many patients mostly Internally Displaced Persons that besieged the hospital.
Gusau said those affected by the suspension included; doctors, nurses, pharmacists and laboratory technicians.
“The governor was disappointed to find out that inspite of the high turn-out of patients, not one of the many government paid staff, from doctors down to clerical staff, was at the hospital as at 11am,” Gusau said.
He explained that the governor was received at the hospital by the Field Coordinator of the fhi 360.
“This is a General Hospital belonging to Borno State Government, unfortunately there is no single state government staff here to attend to all these patients, and we promptly pay all of them salaries.
“These humanitarian workers from the iNGO (fhi360) are supposed to complement the state government staff but not to completely take over the hospital.
“I am directing the Borno State Hospitals Management Board, if there is any staff on the payroll of this Hospital, to immediately suspend all the workers on government payroll.
“I will be back to this hospital, hoping to see the opposite of what I saw today,” Gusau quoted Zulum as saying.
While in Ngala the governor also visited three schools and ordered the rehabilitation of classrooms destroyed by insurgents.
He also announced plans to resettle displaced persons in neighbouring communities of Logumani and Gajibo.