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Free surgeries in General Hospitals as FCTA partners West African College of Surgeons

27th Jan, 2020 | By Badaru Yakasai | ||

Free surgeries will soon be underway in some government-owned hospitals in Federal Capital Territory (FCT), in February this year. The heart-warming news is poised to lift heavy burdens off the shoulders of many FCT residents and save lives. The gesture is part of FCT Administration rich bouquet of initiatives to make life easier for residents.

Some general hospitals have been listed for the exercise. These include Bwari, Kubwa, Kuje, Kwali, and Wuse. Other hospitals include Federal Medical Center, Jabi, Rachel Eye Hospital, as well as Garki Hospital. The initiative will see West African College of Surgeons (WACS) collaborate with FCTA for successful running of the exercise. Director, Special Duties, in the office of Secretary for Health and Human Services, FCTA, Dr Matthew Ashikeni, broke the news exclusively to Abuja Digest Weekly in his office.

He said the Minister of FCT, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, has given his blessings to the initiative. To this end, Dr. Ashikeni revealed further, the Minister is billed to flag off the 60th annual Conference and Scientific Meeting of WACS on 17 February, 2020. The five-day event ends on 21 February.The medical surgical operations form part of programmes to mark the event.

The Director added that members of the college, who are mainly specialized surgeons, gynecologists, ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeons, ophthalmologists and radiologists, are slated to conduct the medical outreach in the eight listed hospitals in the Territory. According to him, some hospitals outside FCT are also to be used. These are General Hospital, Lambatta in Niger State, General Hospital, Mararaba, Nasarawa State and Specialist Hospital, Lokoja in Kogi State.

The Director called on the six Area Council Chairmen in FCT where the exercise would take place, to mobilize residents, especially those with any surgical conditions requiring need of the listed specialists, to the nearest participating health facility for registration which will commence on Monday, 9 February, and end on 15 February. The WACS started in 1960 with a membership of 25 surgeons. Presently, the membership is above 6000 with fellows in seven surgical specialties from across 18 countries in West Africa.

The mission of WACS is to promote post-graduate professional surgical education, disseminate surgical knowledge and technical skills towards attainment of highest possible standards with the overall goal of protecting the health of West African peoples through cooperation among member countries. The WACS now has more than 220 accredited surgical training programmes in 120 institutions in the sub-region.

News Update

Malam Bello acknowledged and commended the good work of all health workers in FCT, especially for their efforts at combating the coronavirus.

Speaking to journalists last week at Asokoro District Hospital, where he is currently receiving treatment, Dr. Kawu explained that his journey to the isolation center began 12 days earlier when he experienced feverish conditions, prompting him to take the COVID-19 test which turned out positive.

Executive Secretary, Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), Engr. Umar Gambo Jibrin, sounded the note of warning when he led an inter-departmental technical committee on inspection tour of some parts of the nation's capital city to assess the level of degradation perpetrated through activities of illegal developers

Chairman of the newly constituted FCT Ministerial Task Force on City Sanitation, Ikharo Attah handed the ultimatum during stakeholders' meeting with owners of businesses around the area on Monday.


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