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Federal Govt commences the process of converting FMC Azare to General Hospital

BY MUSA SHEHU AZARE:

Federal Government of has commenced the process of converting the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Azare, Katagum local government area to teaching Hospital.

Director of Hospital Services, Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. Jimoh Olawole Salaudeen who stated this when he visited the Emir of Katagum, Alhaji Dr. Umar Faruq in his palace, informed that his team was in Azare and Misau on an assessment visit to the Federal Medical Centre Azare and General Hospital Misau in preparation for the upgrading of the two hospitals to the Teaching Hospital and the Federal Medical Centre, respectively.

He added that with the Federal University of Health Sciences Azare (FUHSA), the Federal Medical Centre in the same Azare was the closest to serving as a laboratory when the hospital was is fully converted to a teaching hospital.

The Director of Hospital Services said the assessment visit will help the federal government identify the gap and see what they have on hand in terms of personnel, infrastructure, equipment, and land mass for future expansion.

Dr. Jimoh, who noted that they have visited all the institutions, the university, the present FMC Azare, and the current General Hospital Misau, revealed that they found out that all the facilities are there, adding that once the facilities are better equipped and the manpower is improved, FMC Azare is good to become a teaching hospital.

He commended the Emirs of Katagum and Misau for giving them a warm reception and showing enthusiasm and hope of seeing the two institutions transformed for better health care service delivery.

Also speaking, the Medical Director of Federal Medical Centre Azare, Dr. Dauda Abubakar Katagum, said the federal government’s move to transform the hospital into a teaching hospital is a welcome development to the Northeast zone.

The MD, while appreciating President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the Coordinating Minister of health and social welfare for the privileged said the Northeast has been in a very disadvantaged situation in terms of health care services in the past.

He expressed delight that, with the current effort of the federal government to transform FMC Azare into a teaching hospital and General Hospital Misau into the Federal Medical Centre Misau, a lot of medical personnel would be trained to cater for the whole of the Northeast zone in terms of medical doctors, nurses, radiographers, and dental surgeons, among others.

The medical director, who called on the host communities to enrol their children in to the university to study different courses relating to health, urged philanthropists to support disadvantaged students who could not afford tuition fees.

Responding, the Emir of Katagum, Alhaji (Dr.) Umar Faruq commended President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for initiating the transformation of the federal medical center Azare into a teaching hospital, adding that the gesture will improve healthcare delivery to the citizens.

He appreciated the resource assessment committee of the federal government led by Dr. Jimoh for taking the time to visit all the hospitals as well as paying him homage in his palace.

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