Construction Of 3 Multi-Billion Naira Specialist Hospitals Is To Ensure Effective And Efficient Service Delivery– Health Commissioner By Rabiu Omaku, Lafia

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The State Commissioner of Health, Dr..Emmanuel Akabe has given a marching order to contractors handling the ongoing construction works at the three specialist hospitals  in Lafia, Akwanga and Nasarawa Local Governments to keep to June-July deadline of commissioning of the multi-billion naira “state of the art” specialist hospitals.
He said the concerted effort of the state government to embark on the construction work of the ongoing specialist hospitals was to ensure efficient and effective service delivery to the people who were hitherto denied access to good health care in the state.
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Dr, Akabe gave the affirmation in an interview at his office, He however said the deadline of June-July handing over of the hospital to the state government stance, Expressing optimism on the progress of work at the specialist hospitals.
“They construction firms abide by the contractual agreement especially on the time frame and specification of projects”. he added
The commissioner confided that the state was determined to decongest the existing Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital in the state capital which he said was overstretched.
“Dash carryout the activities of Primary Health Care, secondary health care and its statutory duty as a tertiary health centre”.
The commissioner opined that the ongoing specialist hospitals would serve as an alternative to other end-users with minor health problem in other senatorial zones.
Emmanuel Akabe asserted that a lot has been achieved under the present All Progressives Congress in the health sector, he affirmed that he meet 900   Primary Health Care, The commissioner maintained that out of the 900 PHC only 75 PHC were functional while 825 are dysfunctional.
The commissioner averred that no fewer than 280 PHC are in existence in the state, Adding that more are on the pipeline  to halve the health need of the people.
Speaking on the impasses over the salary scale of staff  of Dalhatu Araf Specialist  Hospital and staff of Hospital Management Board, saying the state government has since the tackle the situation.
“We have addressed the rumpus surrounding the salary scale of DASH and staff of HMB,The salary of the two are now at per following the gracious approval by His Excellency.
commenting on the withdrawal of accreditation of School of Nursing by the Nursing Council Of Nigeria,Dr,Akabe faulted the school management for over admiting students  into the state owned medical institution which he described as breaching of Nursing Law.
“The School of Nursing defy the criteria of admitting 50 students per academic field, Instead 200 student were admitted going contrary to the code of standard,issue raised  by the Nursing Council of Nigeria was absence of emblem of School of Nursing on the school desk”.
“Again another lapse of the institution was absence of a certified laboratory “.
Commenting on the delay in the establishment of University Teaching Hospital in Lafia,The commissioner hinted that the UTHL is on the pipeline,He acknowledge that the project may be feasible by 2016-2017 “.
Emmanuel Akabe buttressed that the need for the establishment of Anatomy laboratory became imperative,He confided that the vice chancellor of Federal University Lafia was solidly behind the establishment of UTHL.
On the recent outbreak of cholera in Umaisha Development Area, The commissioner asserted that one person was confirmed death while 19 were hospitalized ,He further said blood of the infected persons was tested  with cholera.
Akabe obliged that the disease was tackle headlong with a response  Team headed by Public Health Physician, The commissioner bolstered that Disease Notification Officers are deployed to all the 13 Local Governments of the state  to combat the wide spread the epidemic.
Speaking on the absence of Autonomy to the state owned School of Health Technology which potent setback to the operation of the school, The commissioner   debunked  that the health institution operates with budgetary provision.
Adding that since the ministry of health has accorded the health institution the veto to admit students, stating that the state government decision was to ensure efficiency and effectiveness of the institution.
“We accord them the power to grant admission to 600 students per courses but the school went further to admit almost 1000 which was above the required number of students.

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