By Gom Mirian, Abuja.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant-General Tukur Yusufu Buratai on Wednesday, unveiled the newly built Army Command and the Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association (NAOWA) Specialist Hospital.
General Buratai, who carried out the function after an official tour of the medical facility said the hospital will synergies with Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC) on prevention and care of those infected with the coronavirus.
Earlier in his welcome address, Major General Ikechukwu Okeke (Rtd), Chief medical Director of the Hospital, said the facility was established to urgment as well as complement the already existing military health care facility and imperative as the country is facing health challenges.
He said “The hospital is expected to fill the gaps and complement other Military health care facilities in the nation’s capital and beyond, it is open to civilian clients that may wish to access care with us.
“It is not a coincidence that this facility is coming on stream at this time when the Corona virus disease is ravaging the whole world.
“Since we find ourselves in this situation, more effort will be made to put the hospital in a good position to be part of the national response plan”. Okeke said.
He also noted that the NAOWA Specialist Hospital is designed as a Modular General Hospital with almost all the departments located within the enclosed blocks.This ensures that most services can be obtained without stepping out of the buildings.
The main hospital building consists of ; 2 blocks of one-storey building. It has provision for a reception, general outpatient, children’s clinic, pharmacy and radiology on the ground floor of Block A.
The upper floor’ has the administrative block as well as general and private wards. Each block is divided into two wings by a wide corridor. There are staircases, ramp and a lift.
While Block B on the other hand has the accident and Emergency, Operating Theatre, Maternity and Antenatal clinic on the ground floor.
Other structures in the premises are the kitchen, laundry, generator house and water plant as well as the public health and eye clinics in a separate building