The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) says it will give permanent employment to temporary staff in all the general hospitals within the territory in order to improve service delivery.
Malam Adamu Bappah, the Secretary, Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS), made the promise when he visited some health institutions in Abuja on Wednesday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that among the health facilities visited include Bwari General Hospital, Kubwa General Hospital and Gwarinpa General Hospital.
Bappah described the issue of under staffing as a general thing in all the hospitals visited and promised that something would be done to address it.
The secretary said that the visit was to ascertain the challenges facing the hospitals so as to present them before the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello.
“Staffing will be tackled but with the number of vacancies I have seen, there is not much so it is not everybody that will benefit from it.
“We still need about 500 staff more but we will put it in the 2019 budget for approval.
“Approval has been given by the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, to replace all the old generators with new ones.
“We will make a case for those of you that are entitled to the skipping allowance but have not received so that they will be paid,’’ Bappah said.
The Managing Director of Bwari General Hospital, Dr Osagie Osayende, said that there was a great improvement as facilities presently operate on electronic health for speedy documentation of records.
Osayende said that the hospital got its equipment mostly from the HHSS, Hospital Management Board (HMB), Total Petroleum Company and Japanese Government and Canberra Health Services among others.
According to him, the 60-bedded hospital had its challenges, but it had never stopped progress on carrying out work.
“There is improvement in rendering our services to the people in the community.
“All our equipment in this hospital were donated by different organisations.
“We are already on electronic health, no more analogue way of doing things’’.
Also, the Managing Director, Kubwa General Hospital, Dr Lasisi Muideen, said that the hospital was good at training of human resource and has lived up to expectations within a short period of time.
Listing the challenges of the hospital, Muideen commended Bappah for his support in the provision of facilities and requested for an expansion in terms of bed spaces.
“We need more staff. The locum staff should be given priority so that the little quota they have contributed will not be overlooked.
“We need an expansion in our facilities so that we will not be short of beds for patients,’’ he said.
The Managing Director, Gwarinpa General Hospital, Dr Amos Adebayo said that their facilities needed urgent renovations, saying that the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) was currently under lock and key.
Adebayo also said that the hospital needed manpower, which cuts across board and also requested for modern equipment as the hospital needed to be upgraded.