By Laide Akinboade, Abuja
The Chairperson, Governing Board of National Hospital Abuja, Rt. Hon. Olufunmilayo Etteh, on Wednesday, lamented the state of infrastructure in the National Hospital, Abuja and urged the Federal Government to increase funding to the specialist health facility.
Etteh stated this in Abuja while briefing journalists in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the hospital.
She said though, in the last 20 years, the hospital has been rendering excellent medical services but there was urgent need to address the challenges of old and dilapidated infrastructure and Biomedical equipment.
According to her, “while we are deeply appreciative of the Federal Government’s efforts through the Federal Ministry of Health, but like Oliver Twist, we wish to solicit more funding to the hospital to help address the challenges of old and dilapidated infrastructure and Biomedical equipment.
“We can all be proud to say that the National Hospital Abuja is the Hospitals’ Hospital, it is referral Hospital of distinction. It serves the high and mighty, diplomats, foreign missions statesmen as well as the generality of Nigerians within Abuja and the Nation at large”.
She commended President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for the support over the years, which has kept the hospital afloat even in the face of dwindling financial resources of the government.
The Chief Medical Director(CMD) of National Hospital, Dr. Jaffa Momoh, in his welcome address revealed that the hospital has successfully treated 2,345,437 out patients in the last 20 years.
Momoh said the hospital that was established on September 1, 1999, and started with 200 beds now had 450 beds with over 2,000 staff and 120 specialist consultants.
He noted that the hospital was now a National center of excellence in cancer care, Neonatology in-vitrol fertilisation, trauma care with sub-regional level 1 trauma center.
400 Benefit from Free TB Screening in Bauchi
No fewer than 400 residents of Bauchi have benefitted from free Tuberclosis screening exercise initiated by a group, Langa Women Development Association.
The Programme Manager of the group, Mr Ogala Ogala, said this at the inauguration of the two-day exercise on Saturday in Bauchi.
He said the exercise was designed to promote public health and curb spread of Tuberculosis.
He said exercise was being implemented in collaboration between the organisation, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Bauchi State Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Leprosy and Malaria ( BACATMA).
“We targeted the ECWA Women Conference for the Bauchi South, to conduct free screening exercise.
“The aim is to promote public health and awareness creation among the people to encourage healthy living.
“This is not just for women alone but whoever is at the designated venue can also access the free screening,” he said.
Also, Dr Simon Mafwalal, its Senior Project Manager, said the group with the support of the U.S. agency was providing TB screening services in the state.
“We can have all the equipment used for screening TB, whoever is diagnosed with the disease or has symptoms will be given the required treatment and counseling.” he said.
Mafwalal said that the medical van has the capacity to screen 250 clients daily, adding that a reasonable number of people would be screened before the end of the exercise. (NAN)
Meningitis Outbreak Kills 20 Students Of FGGC Potiskum, Other Schools In Yobe
Twenty students have died in three boarding girls’ secondary schools and the Federal Government Girls’ College in Potiskum and Fika local government areas of Yobe State from a suspected outbreak of meningitis.
The Yobe State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education Mohammed Sani-Idris told journalists that “20 students have been confirmed dead in the last few weeks from the suspected meningitis outbreak across some boarding secondary schools in Potiskum and Fika local government areas.
He explained that after the outbreak at the secondary schools, “I as Commissioner, my Permanent secretary and the Executive Secretary of the State’s Science Technical Board as well as the Chairman of the Teaching Service Board have relocated to Potiskum temporarily to ensure the disease does not escalate”.
Meanwhile, Governor Mai Mala Buni represented by his Deputy Idi Barde-Gubana visited the affected schools of Fika Government Secondary School, Government Science Technical College, and Federal Government Girls’ Technical College all in Potiskum and well as Government Girls’ Science Technical College Gadaka in Fika Local Government Area of the state.
Governor Buni said: “As part of the effort geared towards containing and effectively tackling the outbreak, the government has already provided the emergency treatment drugs as well as deployment of a rapid response team to all the affected areas”.
While briefing the representative of the Governor at Specialist Hospital Potiskum, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health Isa Bukar said a total number of 214 cases were recorded and three are still in the intensive care unit of the hospital responding to treatment.
A similar outbreak had killed many residents of Degubi community in Fika Local Government Area of the state in April 2023.
Cross River Warns Residents about Suspected Outbreak of Haemorrhagic Fever
Cross River warned about a possible outbreak of viral haemorrhagic fever in old Ndebeji, in Akamkpa Local Government Area of the state on Saturday.
Viral haemorrhagic fever is any group of infectious diseases that interfere with the blood’s ability to clot.
They are spread by contact with infected animals, people or insects.
Commissioner for Health, Dr Henry Ayuk, said in Calabar that a suspected index case was currently being investigated in complete isolation at the Ndebeji healthcare centre.
He said he had directed the state’s epidemiologist and her team to work with the local government team to collect samples from suspected cases for diagnosis
“They will provide palliative case management and institutionalise adequate infection prevention and control in the facility.
“They will also work with community leaders to identify and restrict movements of known contacts till the sample results of the suspected index client are out and entrench risk communication in the community.
“I must note that cases are most likely to present early with fever, rash, body weakness, bleeding from body openings or may even be asymptomatic,’’ he said.
Dr Ayuk appealed to residents to avoid rodents and insect bites, adding that they should put on personal protective wears if they must come close to livestock, other animals and zoos. (NAN)
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