The Chief Medical Director, Federal Teaching Hospital Gombe, Dr. Yusuf Abdullah, has bemoaned the huge cost of power supply to the health facility.
The hospital, he said, is burdened by over 13 million naira monthly power bills.
He urged the federal government to provide the health facility with an alternative power supply, adding that the bulk of the hospital’s revenue goes to servicing power.
The CMD disclosed this during the virtual unveiling of vital medical equipment donated to the hospital by the Federal Government.
Also present at the virtual launch were the Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Government Affairs, Dr. George Akume and the Executive Secretary of National Lottery Trust Fund, Dr. Bello Maigari.
Some of the donated items include; Ultrasound scan machine, Digital x-ray machine, Oxygen concentrators, Blood Pressure Apparatus, Delivery beds, Theatre beds, Personal Protective Equipment.
Abdullahi noted that aside from the 13 million naira paid monthly to the Jos Electricity Distribution Company the hospital has over 56 million outstanding electricity bills to pay aside from the cost for maintaining the hospital generator.
According to him, the provision of alternative power would make health care services at the hospital cheaper.
He said, “We are still appealing for interventions especially as it relates to an alternative power source. It may interest you to know that even last month that we paid more than 13 million naira, we still have 56 million naira outstanding. This is without adding the cost of running power generating set.
“There is no direct money coming to take care of such services. We really need to reduce the consumption of power from the national grid. That will go a long way in making our services affordable and effective.
“We need more ambulances and vehicles for doctors and staff. Our vehicles are very old and they keep breaking down on daily basis. We also have some of our equipment installed about 20 years ago. Some of them are now obsolete and out of date in terms of what was needed for 21st-century medical care.”
While lauding the government and the NLTF for the medical equipment donated, he stated that the items would help boost the quality of service to humanity.
“The types of equipment supplied are modern and of 21 century and over 100,000 patients have benefitted from the use of the vital equipment. We appreciate you for the donation and accept them as a sign of love,” he added.
Also speaking at the launch, the Medical Director of the State Specialist Hospital, Dr. Ishaq Shuaibu, while lauding the effort of the government called for support in the provision of alternative power sources to power the donated items.
He said constant power would make services regularly available.
“Over 10,800 patients have benefitted from the use of the vital equipment. Alternative power is one of the challenges of this hospital and tackling it will ensure service is available 24/7.
“Call duty vehicles, ambulances are also essential commodities here so that personnel can be transported freely to their service point at any time,” Shuaibu said.
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