By Ibrahim Abdullahi
Efforts have been put in place by the Kano state government to tackle shortage of healthcare manpower in the state owned hospitals.
This was disclosed by the Director Medical Services of the Hospitals Management Board, Dr. Sulaiman Mudi Hamza, in an exclusive interview with the Public Relation Unit of the Board.
The Director, who spoke on various issues related to health sector in the state, pointed out that the administration of Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has done much in addressing number of challenges facing healthcare which people in the state decry upon.
Dr. Mudi explained that generally health providers are not adequate due to the size of the population we have and the limited number of health workers in our social setting, adding that effort has been put in place to recruit more personnel that would be posted to all health institutions in Kano.
He noted with appreciation that Kano state is blessed with considerable number of health professionals who are qualified to be employed, assuring that as soon as the approval is granted they will be employed and posted to hospitals for effective service delivery.
On the shortage of medical equipment, the Director said, “Provision has been made to distribute the purchased medical equipment to all secondary health facilities in the state. Additionally, the contributory healthcare system government comes up with provides funds to hospitals where it is operated to be able to purchase and utilize some basic equipment.”
Dr. Mudi went further to say that as health sector comprises various professionals and the fact that wears and tears bring about damages to some equipment, the biomedical engineers of the Board regularly go round the health facilities to check and repair the faulty ones.
The Director then called on people to visit hospitals any time they are confronted with health challenges because they were essentially set up for them, adding that people have to patronize the facilities and own them as well like their own property.
“By owning them, the communities should be going and advise management of the hospitals on ways to improve healthcare services. They can also contribute by way of purchasing the needed minor healthcare equipment. Whenever there is complain, they should discuss with the management with a view to finding a lasting solution, if it can’t be settled at the hospital level, it will then brought to the Board”, the Director stressed.
He then lamented the attitude of some medical doctors who are on the habit of prescribing drugs before patient finishes explaining his problems, saying that this has gravely against medical ethics and professionalism.
He noted that Board is doing all its best to see everything goes in accordance with health professionalism and added that through the integrated supportive supervision such inane attitudes are being detected and corrected.
“People do not hesitate to report any medical doctor doing such unprofessional practice to the management of the hospital or committee of hospital friends for onward submission to the Board. And any doctor found wanting, definitely the existing laws of practice will be applied on him/her”, Dr. Mudi assured.
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