By Jessica Dogo
Some general hospitals in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Friday called for more funding and facilities to boost healthcare delivery in Abuja.
The Medical Director, Karshi General Hospital, Dr Ola Okike, made the appeal during a visit by the FCT Administration (Health and Human Services Secretariat) to some of its health facilities in Abuja.
Okike however lauded the Federal Capital Territory Administration’s (FCTA’s) support in terms of facilities.
She noted that the hospital had recorded a lot of projects through the support.
She added that the support had increase the revenue base, manpower, creation of new units, expansion of the dental and eye clinics in the hospital.
The medical director said that the hospital was in a state of tremendous expansion in infrastructure, which was ongoing at the moment.
She, however, requested for the timely completion of the ongoing renovations and pending staff welfare issues.
“We must upgrade our practice to meet up with international standards. We also have financial constraints for now,’’ Okike said.
Also, the Medical Director, Karu General Hospital, Dr Marcus Mamman, said that the facility was the only specialist hospital that treated tuberculosis and psychiatric cases in the Middle Belt region.
Mamman therefore urged the FCTA to expedite action on ongoing renovations as the hospital was underutilised due to abandoned structures.
On his part, the Medical Director, Nyanya General Hospital, Dr Ekpe Uche, who is also the Chairman of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), said that the facility was built strictly for maternal and child healthcare.
Uche said that the hospital did not just focus on maternal and child healthcare over the years, but also explored other departments which had brought rapid growth to the facility.
The Secretary, Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS), Malam Adamu Bappah, assured the hospitals that the FCTA was close to solving some of the challenges.
He called on the Head of Works Division, HHSS, Mr Efiong Ita, to take note of all the complaints for immediate action to be taken.
“I will take back all complaints to the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, for immediate action to be taken,’’ Bappah assured.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the visit was to ascertain the challenges of the hospitals with a view to presenting them before the FCT Minister for resolution.