– Assesses Chemical Pathology, Haematology, Medical Microbiology and Anatomic Pathology
– Says FMC Yola has an improved human and equipment capacity for continued postgraduate medical training in its entire medical laboratory departments
The most obvious and most oft-repeated commendation lies in the beauty, the tidiness and cleanliness of the Federal Medical Centre, FMC Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria, by every visitor and/or inspection and/or accreditation team.
A visitor once remarked that “the tidiness of your hospital, is to say the least, intimidatingly fascinating. It has been consistent since establishment. What a spirit and the philosophy of continuity in leadership!”
Additional commendation lies in the rapid expansion of the facility in terms of the machines and men that man the machines referred to as hospital equipment; what a steady growth and development seen as advanced achievements!
High powered delegation from the Faculty of Pathology – National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (NPMCN) has visited FMC Yola, the purpose of which to reaccredit the laboratory departments of the facility.
The reaccreditation team led by the newly elected chairman, Faculty Board of Pathology, a Professor and Consultant Histopathologist from
Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, Prof Olusegun Sylvester Ojo having commended the health facility for maintaining a tidy and cleaned environment, revealed that the facility has an improved human and equipment capacity suitable for continued postgraduate medical training in the entire of its medical laboratories.
The Chairman Faculty Board of Pathology, revealed this to the management of FMC Yola at the end of the accreditation exercise, which lasted for two days; Thursday 10th – Friday 11th February, 2022.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Medical Director, FMC Yola, Prof. Auwal Muhammad Abubakar revealed that the health facility was established in 1999, hitherto occupying the state specialist hospital in Jimeta, Yola North local government. It was later, in 2006, relocated to the present permanent site in Yola South local government, covering parts of college of nursing and midwifery and technical college.
Healthcare delivery services was started at the new site with 175 beds, which gradually and steadily improved to its current size of a 450 bed capacity and still counting with the expansion of the facility, which include 50-bed space at the department of psychiatry under construction.
Prof Auwal revealed that the health facility has benefitted from philanthropic interventions, such as the purposely built and fully equipped new maternity complex donated by Her Excellency Dr Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, the first lady, among other facility interventions by organisations and prominent personalities.
The hospital has also benefitted from the interventions of state government in terms of land for expansion and medical college, which has started admitting students at Modibbo Adama University, MAU Yola, the North East Development Commission, seen in the building and equipping of the burn centre and the Petroleum Equalisation Fund PEF intervention, seen in the hospital’s aggressive expansion, which include one storey building for haematology and chemical pathology departments. This will entail having an expanded microbiology department.
Prof Auwal added that all the clinical departments of the hospital with the exception of Opthalmology and ENT have gained – some partial, some full – accreditation for postgraduate, (Residency) training.
FMC Yola also run post basic nursing programmes. It has started with the postgraduate perioperative nursing, followed by postgraduate nursing in accident and emergency, having gained the accreditation to run the programmes by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria and that plans are underway to establish postgraduate nursing in Burns and plastic, among others.
The team was impressed with the workforce at the Chemical Pathology, Haematology, Medical Microbiology and Anatomic Pathology Departments, some of whom are young and dedicated consultants.
The team noted the hi-tech equipment properly put in place, in addition to the offices accommodation, the e-library and e-medical record, which started, effectively and efficiently too, with the National Health Insurance NHIS service window.
The team was also impressed with cordiality between and among the members of staff of the hospital that made it possible to cultivate the spirit of teamwork, exemplified first by the representations at dinner organised in honour of the team and at the course of the accreditation exercise.
On the whole, the team remarked that FMC Yola, in terms of things required for training, has really made and excellent mark; new equipment and improved skills in addition to capacity development in terms of human and the ongoing projects.
Prof Auwal thanked the Faculty of Pathology – National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria for honouring the invitation. He commended the reaccreditation team for meticulous exercise, where he assured that all the recommendations would be looked into for implementation.
The reaccreditation incidentally came at a time the Federal Ministry of Health sent her team of Directors for another assessment, pursuant to the final approval for the conversation of FMC Yola to teaching hospital.
Prof Eshiotseme Sylvester Idogun – Pathologist, served as the secretary of the reaccreditation team. Other members include; Fatimah Abdulkareem Biade – Anatomic Pathologist, Prof Kennedy Wariso Tamunoimiegbam – Microbiologist, Prof. Ochaka Egesie – Haematologist, Prof Comfort Akujobi Nne – Microbiologist and Dr Kingsley Osuji Chinaedozi – Chemical Pathologist.
Transition from FMC To MAUTH Yola
Transition from FMC To MAUTH Yola
- From MD to CMD, HCS to CMAC, DHCS to DCMAC
- Prof. Auwal Muhammad Abubakar, the last MD FMC Yola and the pioneer CMD MAUTH Yola
- Dr. Ahmadu Baba Usman, the last HCS and the pioneer CMAC
- Dr. Dahiru Yusufu Ribadu, the last DHCS and the pioneer DCMAC
The transition from the Federal Medical Centre, FMC Yola to the defined destination in Modibbo Adama University Teaching Hospital, MAUTH Yola as has been designed is now fully completed with the internal memo Monday, signed by the Director of Administration, Alhaji Usman Gidado Modibbo, notifying the members of staff about the change of name of the hospital and the nomenclature of the some top management staff.
The memo with the heading, “Upgrading of Federal Medical Centre, FMC Yola, To A Teaching Hospital And The Change Of Its Name To Modibbo Adama University Teaching Hospital, MAUTH Yola” revealed that following the approval granted by Mr President and Commander-in-chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces for the upgrading of the Federal Medical Centre Yola to a Teaching Hospital, the health facility “will now be addressed as Modibbo Adama University Teaching Hospital, MAUTH Yola.
“Similarly, the nomenclature of the offices of some members of the top management staff has been redesigned as follows:
The Medical Director, MD will now be addressed as the Chief Medical Director, CMD.
The Head of Clinical Services, HCS, will now be addressed as Chairman Medical Advisory Committee, CMAC
The Deputy Head of Clinical Services, DHCS, will now be addressed as Deputy Chairman Medical Advisory Committee, DCMAC.
Alhaji Usman Gidado Modibbo who signed the memo is the last Director Admin FMC Yola and the pioneer Director Admin MAUTH Yola.
EKITI STATE GOVERNMENT OWES DOCTORS MONTHS OF SALARIES..NMA INSISTS
The Nigeria Medical Association, NMA Ekiti State branch has insisted that Ekiti State Government is owing its members in the state months of unpaid salaries and emoluments as against the statement credited to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health and Human Services; Mr Akinjide Akinleye that the state government is not owing any doctor.
President of the Nigerian Medical Association, Professor Innocent Ujah, had recently alleged that Ekiti State alongside Abia and Ondo were owing doctors salaries.
But the permanent secretary of the state Ministry of health, Mr Akinjide Akinleye, in a statement made available to newsmen noted that the administration of Dr Kayode Fayemi placed priority on the welfare of medical personnel in the state hence the prompt and regular payment of their entitlements.
He said: “As of today, all health workers in the state including Doctors have been paid their salaries up to November 2021
However Ekiti NMA in a statement signed by its chairman, Dr Kayode Ariyibi and the PRO Dr Benjamin Adegoke stated emphatically that government of Ekiti State was owing workers about five months of salary, deductions and several months of promotion arrears which he said had subjected them to hardship.
The statement reads “We wish to state in clear term that doctors in the employment of Ekiti State Government are being owed Salaries and Emoluments between four (4) months to 5 months especially those working with the State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH), Hospital Management Board (HMB),
Ministry of Health and the State Primary Health Care Development Agency (Local Governments).
“Unremitted deductions for Cooperative societies and Unions also stands at between eight (8) to
sixteen (16) months for doctors working in the State. The above conditions persisted because
subventions released were not sufficient to pay worker full salaries.
“There are also unpaid six (6) months promotion arrears for doctors under HMB in addition to non payment of minimum wage while no doctor
in the employment of Ekiti State was paid COVID- 19 allowance.
The doctors explained that despite the ugly development, they have continued to render
continuous optimal services but such may no longer be guaranteed.
“We advise the State Government to place good premium on healthcare delivery in the states as industrial harmony in the Health sector may not be guaranteed further if due attention is not paid to the welfare and emoluments of healthcare workers.
Diabetes, A Medical Condition worse Than Malaria, Other Major Deadly Diseases – Provost, MAU Medical College
The Endocrinologist and Provost, Modibbo Adama University, MAU Medical College Yola, Adamawa state, northeast Nigeria, Prof Adamu Bakari Girei has said that diabetes is not a disease, it is a condition but is worst devastating than malaria and other major deadly diseases.
The Endocrinologist disclosed this at a sensitisation lecture Sunday, organised by the Apical Healthcare Diagnostic Centre established NGO in Yola, marking this year’s World Diabetes Day with the theme: “Access to Diabetes Care – If Not Now, When?” Putting across the timely message for diabetes care.
The theme encourages people to be aware of the diabetes mellitus set of metabolic disorders so that they can benefit from the education on disease and treatment, dietary changes, and exercise, with the goal of keeping both short-term and long-term blood glucose levels within acceptable bounds.
Prof Bakari identified poor and changing lifestyle as the biggest cause of diabetes, which itself, is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attack, stroke and lower limb amputation.
Increased thirst, frequent urination, extreme hunger, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, irritability and presence of ketones in the urine – a byproduct of the breakdown of muscle and fat that happens when there is not enough available insulin – are identified as some of the signs and symptoms of diabetes.
The Endocrinologist explained that healthy diet, taking natural fruitless and vegetables, engaged in physical activity, avoiding soda, tobacco and processed foods could prevent diabetes.
Making an analogy with hunger, a condition that has no cure but only managed by eating whenever one is hungry and taking water whenever one is tasty, the Provost said diabetes is also an incurable condition. It can however be managed and its consequences avoided or delayed with medication, regular screening and treatment for complications.
The need to raise awareness about the metabolic disorder and tips on maintaining blood sugar levels are at an all-time high. World Diabetes Day, every year on November 14, provides an opportunity to raise awareness of diabetes as a global public health issue and what needs to be done, collectively and individually, for better prevention, diagnosis and management of the condition.
It is based on this consideration that Apical Healthcare Diagnostic Centre, known for a humanitarian service, as a corporate social responsibility, offered a free of charge diabetes awareness, testing and screening.
Located at No.17 Galadima Aminu Way, Opposite State Polytechnic Yola, Apical Healthcare Diagnostic Centre is aimed at bridging diagnostic gaps in Adamawa. Managed by diagnostic consultants, it offers all the diagnostic services in Haematology, Chemical Pathology, Cytology, Microbiology, Parasitology, Molecular Pathology and Radiology.
Dr. Aminu MC Tahir, the lead organiser of the diabetes awareness, testing and screening, said it is in line with the Apical philosophy of community service as a corporate social responsibility to promote wellness and create health awareness, explaining further that the free screening exercise is part of the awareness of diabetes with a view making people eager to imbibe regular medical checkup.
He noted that a lot of people in the community are not aware that they have diabetes condition. He therefore advised that people should always avail themselves for medical checkup to know their health status and indulge in healthy behavi
Tahir appreciated and commended the media for extending the awareness without prompting, also as a social responsibility.
The free awareness, testing and screening exercise targeted 50 participants.
Responding on behalf of the participants, comrade Mohammed Ismail, publisher the Fact Check online, commended Prof Bakari for stepping the lecture down to the understanding of the cross sections of the participants; saying that they are better informed and are lucky with the results of screening exercise, most of the participants are far from being at risk of diabetes and that those at risk are clinically advised accordingly.
Ismail commended Apical Diagnostic Centre for utilising their hi-tech diagnostic equipment for the free screening exercise, assuring that they would be ambassadors for extending the awareness of diabetes.
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