Olawale Ajimotokan in Abuja
Three government hospitals in the Federal Capital Territory have been accredited by apex centres in West Africa and the country to undertake the training of medical personnel.
The Acting Secretary Human and Heath Services Secretariat, FCTA, Mrs Grace Odey-Achu disclosed this at a media parley.
She said the West African College of Surgeons (WACS) granted the full accreditation to three hospitals in FCT to carry out residency training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (O&G).
The hospitals are Maitama, Wuse and Asokoro. According to Odey- Achu, the accreditation would run until 2021.
Similar accreditation was secured from the National Post Graduate Medical College Nigeria (NPMCN) and West African College of Physicians on postgraduate residency training in Family Medicine to enhance capacity building as well improves quality of care.
The acting secretary said five FCTA hospitals including Maitama, Bwari, Asokoro, Kubwa and Gwarimpa have been computerized, while the Radiology units at Gwarimpa, Wuse, Kubwa, Asokoro and Maitama hospitals have been upgraded after a CT scan Monogram Fluoroscopy Digital X -Ultra Sound Scan (USS) with cardiac activity was procured.
She stressed that in total, 942,665 patients were attended to in FCTA secondary heath facilities in 2016 to 2017, while the total number of surgeries (major, minor and intermediate) undertaken in 2016 was put at 13,984.
She added that FCTA HHSS recorded a 100 percent success in the Part 1 Fellowship examination of the West African Postgraduate Medical College through its home-grown residency training programme, producing 10 senior registrars in the process.
Also 72 private health services were registered while 66 were closed for failing to comply with regulatory guidelines.
â€œWe have also paid our health insurance scheme to the health care providers through the Health Maintenance Organisations (HMOs) and have registered 7,632 fresh enrolled within the year under review while 9,323 principal enrollees were revalidated,â€™â€™ Odey- Achu said.
D.I. G Commends Neo Black Movement for Donating Building to Police
The Deputy Inspector General of Police coordinating police operations in the South -south states, Mr Emmanuel Inyang, has commended the Neo Black Movement, a Pan African organization for constructing and handing over a building for the Cross River Police Command.
Inyang, who made the commendation on Saturday in Calabar during the 13th annual lecture and 40th anniversary celebration of the movement, stated that the Neo Black Movement through its philanthropic activities has shown that it was an organisation with good intentions for the development of society.
Inyang was represented by Cross River Police Commissioner, Mr Hafiz Inuwa. He stated that the building was constructed with surprising speed adding that the police is underfunded and has inadequate personnel to man every nook and cranny of the country and therefore should be assisted by the people through provision of working tools and supply of information to enhance their operations.
according to him, â€œThe police as we know it today is underfunded and the number of policemen cannot go round everybody as required by the United Nations so what the police needs is for the members of the public to partner with us by assisting us though the provision of working tools like vehicles, buildings, walkie talkie and also giving us information about criminals around themâ€.
He said members of the public have the right to arrest anyone seen committing a crime and subsequently hand over such a person to the police for integration before being charged to court.
â€œCriminals live among us and some us of know them but sometimes people who know them keep quiet and such conspiracy of silence breeds crime which should not be the case because no one is immune to being attacked by hoodlumsâ€