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WACS commends FMC Yola, recommends for teaching hospital

By Adamu Muhammad Dodo///

West African College of Surgeon WACS has commended the Federal Medical Centre FMC Yola for its facility capacity, manpower; facilitator capability, tidiness and staff motivational innovations, the initiatives aimed at philanthropic interventional drive for development, and administrative efficiency and effectiveness.

Represented by the constituted reaccreditation committee, WACS was impressed with what she observed and being presented with as being made up of the services and facilities in FMC Yola

Prof King-David Terna Yawe the 29th president of the WACS and presently working with University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, is a member of the accreditation committee.

In his presentation of committee’s findings for discussion, Yawe revealed that the committee started her assignment on Saturday on arrival, by visiting the medical outreach hospital that is being utilised for rural posting in Hong local government and what were on ground in terms of facilities, manpower and healthcare delivery services were highly impressive; “we found modernised, good facility there.”

Coming back to FMC Yola, Yawe said that the committee is agreed that neatness of the entire hospital was not a camouflage thing cheaply for the sake of the accreditation but generally and habitually excellent, adding that it was not surprising to him because he has been frequenting the health facility as a locum staff.

Yawe said that the committee visited the accident and emergency and has observed a very good work there. The committee was happy with the innovation of having a clinical lab. The seminar room was beautiful, fully furnished and equipped with hi-tech facilities, among other new things.

Though the committee has observed the need for providing a television set at the patient waiting area of the surgical outpatient department and the necessity of holding health talks, even though it could beef up manpower, she was impressed with the records keeping, which she said was wonderful as it revealed the number of surgeries that were carried out withing one year, which she said was beautiful.

The committee was delighted that the Med Records of the health facility was in the process of migrating electronically, as was revealed by the Head of Department Medical Records, which would open the opportunity for more training.

The committee observed that there would be the need for advanced training in the department of Radiology with the state-of-the-art imagi-diagnostic facilities that would soon be installed in the health facility.

Yawe revealed that Anaesthetic department was extremely well equipped, having also a reliable, efficient and effective head of department. “Intensive care unit has three beds all of them occupied. The facilities and consumables were all well supplied. Dialysis was impressive and theatres; everything was fine.

“In terns of manpower and postgraduate training, you have brought people from all around the county. We’re impressed with the residents doctors having no list of complaints to present but encomiums to shower. It’s amazing. It’s unlike other hospitals we’ve paid similar visit.

“You have excelled beyond what many government hospitals in the subregion. We’re proud of the leadership with supportive members of management and cooperative members of staff,” Yawe said, while praying for speedy completion of ongoing projects.

In their separate remarks, Prof. Vinyl Ramyl of University Teaching Hospital Jos and Francis Abatanga also a Professor of Surgery from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Medical School Department of Surgery said the hospital environment was breezing with fresh air. The committee was received nicely and spoken to nicely as they also acted nicely; kind of symbiotic relationship.

Initially, on arrival, the committee thought that the tidiness and availability of consumables were kind of whitewash thing and the cordiality between the management and staff was merely superficial. However, the wards assessment for the award of the best ward of the months has justified the genuineness of the cleanliness. The conducive working environment, capacity developments and other staff motivation initiatives not found in other hospitals across West African and beyond, have validated the management/staff cordiality; “water was running from the tap, electrify supply was excellent, added to the observations earlier made.

The chairman of the accreditation committee Prof. Michael Ohene-Yeboah is the current President of the West African College of Surgeons. A Professor of Surgery at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Kumasi, Ghana, and Consultant Surgeon at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital Ghana, Ohene-Yeboah has earlier in his remarks, said Allah the Most High has blessed the Federal Medical Centre Yola with an achiever, a man of sharp vision and exceptional wisdom, with effective and efficient leadership skills as medical director in person of Prof. Auwal Muhammad Abubakar.

Ohene-Yeboah has thanked the management of FMC Yola for freely allowing the accreditation committee members who were received warmly with everyone smiling, to carry out their assignment without any interference.

Ohene-Yeboah also admitted that everything was excellent; the layout, the cleanliness of the entire hospital, the facilities, the manpower, the management, the cooperation and the service delivery.

Ohene-Yeboah has commended FMC Yola for the successful separation of conjoined twins, for the establishment of the hospital paupers fund to carter for the indigent patients lying in units of the health facility, for winning the hearts of the philanthropists to build and donate to the hospital and the overwhelming government intervention in capital projects was exiting.

Ohnene-Yeboag has congratulated the management of the hospital for the excellent performance, assuring that the encomiums were not at all hypocritically pretentious,

Responding, Prof. Auwal Muhammad Abubakar the medical director has, on behalf of staff and management of FMC Yola, thanked the committee members from the West African College of Surgeons for the reaccreditation visit, where he assured the WACS that the health facility fed from the philosophy of teamwork, cordiality and cooperation..

Prof. Auwal said that with the completion of the ongoing projects in the health facility sponsored by the Petroleum Equalisation Fund PEF among other interventions, more departments would be expanded, more professionals would be attracted, hence more window opportunities for capacity developments, efficiency and effectiveness.

Prof Auwal said the medical outreaches established in Hong and Jada local government areas, were making tremendous impacts, adding that FMC Yola was running a postgraduate Perioperative training already. “We’re planning to start Accident and Emergency Nursing and Health Information System.”

The members of the accreditation team were jointly invited to chair the presentation of the award to the best wards of the month of September, 2019.

The ward assessment for the monthly award an initiative of Prof. is in its third year. It has rekindled the spirit of teamwork and reinforced the use to which checklist in the hospital wards can be put, as was recognised by the WACS accreditation team whose presence has indeed added colour to the occasion.

It could be recalled that about two years ago, FMC Yola has had four departments accredited for postgraduate (residency) trainings by the West African College of Surgeons WACS and the West African College of Physicians WACP. The departments are; Surgery, Obstetric and Gynaecology, Anaesthetic and Internal Medicine.

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