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FCT shuts down 20 hospitals
« on: June 28, 2013, 01:34:02 PM »
FCT shuts down 20 hospitals
The Health and Human Services Secretariat of the Federal Capital Territory has shut down over  20 hospitals which could not meet the minimum standards.

The Secretary of HHSS, Dr. Demola Onakomaiya, who said this during a press briefing in Abuja, also revealed that Nigeria spends N12bn annually to control the damage done by malaria.

According to him, the FCT spent over N3.9bn on overhead cost in the healthcare sector, adding that primary healthcare sector is the constitutional responsibility of the Area Councils.

This, he said, made it impossible for the FCT to control them.

Onakomaiya said, "Since there is a gap, we are mapping out healthcare centres which we will control. The various area council chairmen need to be sensitised to take up their responsibilities. Recently, over 20 hospitals were closed down for not meeting the expected standards.

"The hospital in Kaura is ready. The contract was awarded eight years ago. The major problem is how to get the original contractors to fulfil their own part of the obligation. For the Utako hospital, we've written to the contractor, yet nothing is still done. All the equipment needed for both hospitals are ready for installation."

He also added that out of the N4bn that was budgeted for the healthcare sector in the FCT in 2012, N3.9bn was spent on the payment of salaries and overhead cost, thereby leaving peanuts in providing other basic health needs in the FCT.

Onakomaiya made particular reference to the cost of running the generating sets on diesel.

"Diesel is really killing us and we need to do something drastic about it," he stated.

He said, "The most important factor in everything is capital. Last year, FCT got N4bn and about N3.9bn was expended on overhead cost. The problem of funding is our major constraint in meeting our healthcare responsibilities in the FCT.

"N1bn is needed to put an end to malaria scourge in Nigeria, but the country spends N12bn on damage control instead. Tunisia has eradicated malaria and Nigeria, being the giant of Africa, has no excuse why we can't achieve the same thing. It's an environmental problem that can be eradicated.

"Hospitals in the city centres don't offer free antenatal care. We've three major problems in the FCT today. The first one is unemployment. The cost of living here is too high. Power is our second biggest challenge in the FCT. The cost of running businesses, even hospitals is high. The cost of diesel used in powering our generators is high. We've bought inverters instead in most of the wards. All our hospitals are short-staffed."



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