Musa Na Allah Sokoto
Sokoto – The management of the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Kware, Sokoto State, says hospital renders specialized services that are cheaper, patient-friendly and affordable to citizens.
The Hospital’s Medical Director (MD), Prof. Shehu Sale, stated this in an interview with the newsmen on Monday in Sokoto.
Prof Sale, a Consultant Psychiatrist promised to remain steadfast in determination to always provide affordable and excellent services to patients.
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari and Ministers of Health for their support and encouragement to hospital management that ensured Hospital facelift as well as all round upgrades in the facility.
The MD said the hospital currently hosts a total of 17 visiting consultants, who are specialists in different medical fields.
He noted that there are also resident doctors and other health professionals such as pharmacist, nurses, clinical psychologist, occupational therapists, laboratory scientists that are working together as a team to provide efficient services.
“The hospital has world-class equipment such as mobile digital x-ray machine, mobile ultrasound machine, ultrasonography machine, digitalized medical and diagnostic records system, occupational therapy equipment and modern laboratory tools,” Prof. Sale revealed.
He disclosed that the federal government had also funded new major projects in its COVID-19 interventions at the hospital.
These, he said, included construction and equipping of intensive care unit, construction and equipping of molecular laboratory, construction and equipping of isolation centre and procurement of Personal Protective Equipment.
He said the completed projects were already impacting positively on service delivery and protection of both staff and patients of the hospital.
According to him, the projects will also deliver improved healthcare to the hard-to-reach communities, in line with the government’s commitment to provide essential healthcare services.
Sale noted that total bed space and staff strength had been increased, while the restoration of full accreditation status to the Post-Basic Psychiatric Nursing School at the hospital had been done.
He said patients feeding system, laundry, drugs administration, sanitation of hospital environment has been ensured to best standards while workers welfare was prioritized as accorded by unions.
He further explained that in the past five years, the management renovated and upgraded all wards, including administrative block and staff quarters in the hospital to modern standards, and embarked on the construction of gates, perimeter fence, road networks, street lighting, laboratories and pharmacy.
He explained that the hospital provided integrated healthcare services to the people through digitalized finance and administrative record system, along with a steady solar-powered and conventional electricity supply.
He added that federal government had awarded another contract for the construction of the Regional Women and Children Drug Dependence Treatment Centre in the hospital, which would cater for diverse health needs of the vulnerable sub-population.
He added that the centre, along with the established family health clinic would address the negative perception of people with regards to mental health issues and reduce stigma, associated with hospital services.
Sale, a master trainer with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, expressed optimism that the clinics would strengthen mental healthcare delivery in the country, noting that the stigma associated with mental health discouraged people from seeking help.
On hospital transformations, the Medical Director explained that rates of hospital services have been readjusted to complement the advancements in the society in terms of consumables, reagents and other situational changes which affected individuals and organizations globally.
He noted that management has automated hospital services in line with global best practices from centralized payment system, medical diagnostics, Doctors’ consultations and overall medical records.
Sale said the transformations had necessitated internal postings of most competent personnel, realignment of cadres along with support for advance trainings in order to suit the needed services.
According to him, the progress made so far in the hospital, especially in terms of upgrading existing facilities and consolidation of skilled manpower development were all facilitated by the Federal Ministry of Health which is the mother supervising ministry.
“Recently the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission has supported the hospital with patients’ rehabilitation and empowerment equipment.
”The gesture was aimed at promoting a public health approach toward addressing substance use disorders by providing equipment and services that would enhance treatment and recovery of people with substance use disorders.
”It was based on guided reports of the 2019 ECOWAS Empirical Survey on Substance Use for treatment in member states and the National Drug Use Survey conducted ” He added.