The Federal Government has reiterated its commitment to ensure affordable healthcare services to all Nigerians, to achieve universal health protection.
The Minister of State for Health, Dr Adeleke Mamora, made the commitment on Tuesday, at the inauguration of some projects on the Federal Medical Centre, Katsina.
“It has been the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure the provision of affordable healthcare services to all Nigerians within the efforts to achieve universal health protection
“This commitment has necessitated in a significant increase within the budgetary allocation to all Federal Medical Centres, and indeed, to all well-being institutions within the country.
“There has additionally been a significant rise in budgetary releases to finance the appropriations; the commissioning of projects within the Federal Medical Centre, Katsina, today, is a clear testimony,” he said.
Mamora stated that the projects would help in reducing medical tourism, morbidity and mortality charges, and increase the revenue base of the hospital.
In his remarks, Gov. Aminu Masari stated that the state had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the federal government to convert the medical centre to a teaching hospital.
He said that the teaching hospital would be for the state-owned Umaru Musa Yar’adua University, Katsina and the Federal University, Dutsin-ma.
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Also speaking, the Chairperson, Governing Council of the medical centre, Hajiya Hannatu Akilu, said that the hospital had recorded a discount in morbidity and mortality rates by forty per cent.
“Morbidity and mortality rates decreased by about forty per cent, from 22 deaths per 1,000 in 2017 to thirteen per 1,000 in 2021.
“The waiting time for patients has additionally been drastically decreased from forty five-60 minutes to 10-15 minutes now, by the introduction of Electronic Health Record (EHR),” she stated.
Akilu stated that the introduction of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) had facilitated the digitalisation of the hospital’s entire operations.
According to her, it has additionally assisted in curtailing revenue pilferages
“Prior to the introduction of EHR, monthly revenue was N15 million, however now it has increased to N60 million, which is a four hundred per cent increase,” she stated.
The Medical Director of the centre, Dr Bello Suleiman, stated that the projects inaugurated include: modern Accident and Emergency Complex, Emergency Paediatric Unit and Microbiology/Molecular Laboratory Complex.
Others include Medical Intensive Care Units and a Ring Road. (NAN)