Bassey Inyang in Calabar
The Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC) wants increased funding and expansion of the 104 years old Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital in Calabar, Cross River State.
The Director, Internal Audit of the Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Dauda, made the call recently when he led a team from the commission on an inspection tour of projects undertaken by the hospital for the 2015/2016 fiscal year.
Dauda stated that the hospital was in serious need of facilities to run as a fully fledged Psychiatric hospital.
â€œHaving gone round some projects, I can say that we are satisfied with what is on ground but there are still more to be done.
â€œThis hospital was established in 1903 by the then colonial administration. It needs urgent expansion and I believe that the only way this hospital can fulfill its mandate is for them to have increased funding.
â€œThis hospital needs expansions to meet the needs of the people of Cross River and the neighbouring states including those from the Cameroun, â€˜â€™ Dauda said.
The Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Joseph Okegbe said they were doing everything possible to upgrade the facility to the required standard.
Okegbe said that the neglect of the hospital had led to its present state, adding that if given the required funding, the management was ready to take the hospital to a new level.
â€œOur challenges are funding. We are working towards completing our multi-million naira hostel accommodation which has just gone about 30 per cent.
â€œWe are also trying to begin work on the 22 hectares permanent site project which perimeter fence has been completed and no work has started on it,â€ he said.