FMC Yola Gains PCNI – PEF partnership, other supports
By Marrie Ann Jafferson
The Federal Medical Centre, Yola Adamawa state Nigeria, would benefit from about 19 projects as an intervention on healthcare delivery services by the Presidential Committee on the Northeast Initiative PCNI in collaboration with the Petroleum Equalisation Fund PEF projects.
Having been paid mobilisation fee, already about eight contracting firms have this week, stormed the health facility for the take off of the projects that have just six months complication period, the Periscope investigation can reveal.
Where used to be access roads to get to some areas within the hospital, were however affected by the projects. The management of the FMC, through their media and public relations office, apologised for the inconveniences the alteration would cause their clients as the worked out convenient alternative.
The projects would cover the following:
A storey building that would accommodate additional surgical theatres, ICU, CSSD, etc.
A neonatal ward
A storey building of bedrooms apartment for consultants
Medical Imagine (radio diagnostic) block
Other projects would be, to have the to be started projects fully equipped after having been completed.
Works on burnt centre, an earlier intervention of PCNI, was about being completed. While psychiatric department, a capital project is ongoing.
“There has been general complain of scarcity of funds, yet every day, every time you visit FMC Yola, you’ll always meet one ongoing project or the other. I don’t know the magic. It’s however unprecedented success,” Johnson a patient relative observed.
It is said that having a creative achiever full of initiative as a chief executive of, brings fortunes to an organisation.
Prof. Auwal Muhammad Abubakar the Medical Director, Federal Medical Centre Yola, is undoubtedly that spoken about achiever who brings success, prospect, progress, achievable programmes and development to the Medical Centre.
Prof. Auwal was appointed medical director at a time the country began drowning in economic meltdown hence funding of MDAs by the government become so difficult with hardly released subvention.
The Hospital Paupers Fund established by Prof Auwal, meant to carter for the indigent patients in FMC Yola, was a milestone that put millions smile. It also opened widely, windows of blessings to the hospital.
Details of the FMC Yola Hospital Paupers Fund initiative and activities take another story.
The successful separation of conjoined twins by name Maryam and Fatimah who were sent to FMC Yola from Maiduguri Borno state, with Prof Auwal as the lead surgeon, was another milestone.
I do not want to dwell so much on the successes recorded, having had four departments accredited to run postgraduate (Residency) training aimed at upgrading the health facility to a teaching hospital: surgery, anaesthetic, medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology departments, in addition to running post basic nursing training approved by nursing and midwifery council of Nigeria.
I do not also want to talk about the medical outreach to rural hospitals for the benefit of rural communities that are shortchanged of healthcare delivery services, initiated by Prof Auwal as part of requirements for the teaching hospital.
Whatever you can make definition of these, the Periscope, recognising excellence and achievements, would concieve that, they have contributed in attracting philanthropic intervention to the health facility.
The first intervention was the donation of millions of naira worth of hospital equipment by St. Joseph’s Hospital of Estevan, Canada, on May 26, 2016, which shipment was coordinated by Dr. Charles Omosigho (Estevan) and Dr. Ibrahim Muhammad Dodo (Nanaimo)
Dr. Dodo a Canada based born in Adamawa state, nurtured the need to have upgraded medical facilities with a view to enhancing efficiency and effectiveness in a promising hospital with prudent management, when he led an organisation called Africa Helping Hand Initiative he floated, to render a one month free healthcare delivery services cut across the three geopolitical zones of Adamawa state; Kojoli in Jada local government area, Borrong in Demsa local government area for southern zone; Yola north local government area for central zone; Kwaja in Mubi South local government area and in Jalingo-Maiha district Maiha local government area for northern zone.
The management of FMC Yola, having welcomed the idea of the donations of medical facilities, a proposition earlier introduced to but ignored by the Bindow led government, Dr Omosigho and Dr Dodo facilitated the shipment of the equipments to FMC Yola.
I asked the Canada based Dr. Dodo what informed the donations. He simply responded that it was part of social responsibility and the family generosity he was raised up to inculcate.
Dr. Omosigho would simply say that it formed parts of the benefits of conscious to their immediate community Nigerians in Diaspora.
Dr. Yohannah M. Takwoingi has equally made the list of amiable conscious Africans in Diaspora.
A UK based Adamawa indigene Consultant Specialist in ENT, Takwoingi has equally facilitated donations medical equipments for ENT use to FMC Yola more than twice.
Takwoingi it was, who established Ear, Nose and Throat ENT unit in FMC Yola in 2007, the Periscope investigation can reveal. Since then, he has been visiting FMC Yola twice a year.
While in FMC Yola, in addition to the clinical practice, Takwoingi organised teaching activities to various staff groups. He has been given presentations to wider audiences including doctors from state specialist hospital. He was always keen to contribute on matters of patients safety.
When asked while presenting the donated items, Dr. Takwoingi simply said it was a gesture from friends and hospital in the UK.
There was also the donations by the Nigerian Muslims Forum United Kingdom NMFUK, of medical consumables for use and for teaching, in addition to books and medical journals, Facilitated by Mahmud Muhammad Dodo the association’s president and were presented to the management of FMC by Fardeen Dodo the association’s country representative, working with American University of Nigeria AUN, Yola.
The above mentioned personalities have indeed, exemplified what Nigerian doctors in Diaspora could do for the country.
The International Red Cross and the International Rescue, have also had their presence noticeable in FMC Yola. The former has sunk boreholes to be able to have adequate water supply in FMC Yola, in addition to other interventions and the latter has fully furnished Public Health unit, in addition to other interventions.
The latest interventions were: the 550 KVA generator worth over one million naira being donated by former governor Muhammadu Umaru Jibrilla Bindow of Adamawa state.
The patient-relatives waiting area built by a philanthropist.
There is similar intervention; building of another patient-relative waiting area by a philanthropist an indigene of Adamawa said to be based in Lagos, currently in progress.
The ABF maternity complex built, fully furnished and well equipped with hi-tech medical facilities by Her Excellency Dr Aisha Muhammadu Buhari the first lady.
The Periscope findings revealed that Senator Aisha Dahiru Binani was the first friend of FMC Yola to make giant intervention, as a member of a lower chamber. This takes another story.