By Murtala Muhammad
Bauchi State Specialist Hospital has recorded tremendous successes in the areas of manpower, procurement of sophisticated equipment and other health care services.
The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Ya’u Hameed Sulaiman stated this in an interview with Radio Nigeria on the hospital’s successes and challenges in the year 2021.
Dr. Ya’u Sulaiman said the hospital had in the year under review got Consultants needed in critical areas in addition to the existing ones, to include Family Medicine, Pediatric, Orthopedic and Gynecologist.
He said out of the one hundred Medical workers directed by the state Governor to be employed to fill the existing gap in the sector, the hospital has been allocated eighteen health specialists and twenty four other health workers.
He however decried low turnout health personnel to take appointment with the state government, despite placement of advert in the national dailies, saying that the exercise was still ongoing.
The Chief Medical Director said other achievements recorded were the procurement of Radiography, Endoscopy, Computerized Tomography (CT) Scan, X-ray and Dry-Film Digitizer, as well as Mammography machines by the state government.
According CMD construction of two separate storey buildings that will accommodate twelve to twenty four Interns also known as House Officers who were expected to spend twelve months in the hospital on a yearly basis, was ongoing and has reached ninety percent completion.
Dr. Ya’u Sulaiman explained that the major challenge bedeviling the hospital was lack of accommodation which hinders accreditation by the Nigerian Medical Council, to allow the hospital to render some services.
He appreciated Governor Bala Mohammed for the approval and prompt release of funds requested towards upgrading the hospital’s Diagnostic and Curative machines.
Responding on patients’ complaining on the price of dialysis, the Chief Medical Director argued that Specialist Hospital was the only tertiary facility charging five thousand naira for the service.
He however attributed the patient’s complaints to the price of consumables being used in each session.