H.E Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam was today at the State Specialist Hospital Damaturu, where his administration spent over N900 million recently to upgrade infrastructure, facilities and equipment and improve service delivery to patients.
The governor was taken round by Health Commissioner, Dr. Muhammad Bellow Kawuwa who told him that 13 new clinical wards and complexes, 24 fully furnished housing units and a new administrative block have been completed.
“As a result of Your Excellency’s interventions, service delivery has climbed up as are the number of patients who access clinical services.
“We used to be a 130-bed hospital. We now have around 400 beds. We have 12, 525 outpatient attendance per month; we conduct an average of 300 surgeries monthly since January and we have 2, 514 Accident and Emergency (A & E) attendance.
“Some of the surgeries we conduct are high profile surgical and orthopaedic interventions, such as hip replacement, which were hitherto unavailable here”, Dr. Kawuwa said.
The Health Commissioner added that the Gaidam administration’s recent interventions in the hospital also include the supply of medical equipment to the labour ward and the installation of 200 beds, mattresses, bedside lockers, drip stands and over-bed tables.
He said the supply of furniture and electronics to some of the other wards recently built within the hospital is at 40 per cent completion stage.
Dr. Kawuwa also noted that water supply and electricity are now effective and stable in the hospital.
H.E Gov. Gaidam expressed appreciation with the progress he had seen at the State Specialist Hospital . He commended management and staff, including all the doctors and nurses attending to patients, for their hard work.