From Esther Akaa, Lafia
The Chief Medical Director (CMD), Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital (DASH) Lafia, Dr Ikrama Hassan has called for the immediate conversion of DASH to a teaching hospital of the Federal University of Lafia, Nasarawa State.
Dr Hassan who made the call on Wednesday in an interview with journalists in Lafia, said the hospital has sufficient facilities, structures and manpower so should be made a teaching hospital of the university.
Dr Hassan stressed the need for the timely establishment of the teaching hospital DASH, following the commencement of medical programmes at the institution, saying the state government in her commitment to supporting the university had earlier donated the hospital to ensure full operation of the medical school.
“Given that the university is sited in Lafia, it is important for the teaching hospital to be in Lafia for administrative and academic convinience.
“Most universities in Nigeria have their teaching hospital at the the same town or cities with the institution, hence the one in Lafia should not be an exception,” the CMD added.
The CMD mentioned some of the achievements of the hospital in the last two years to include; increasing the number of theatres from two to four, increasing clinics from one to eight, provision of scanning machines from one to eight.
“Others are provision of 200 additional beds, renovation of wards, toilets, among others,” he said.
“We have 40 permanent consultants; we also have other visiting consultants in different fields. There are 125 doctors apart from nurses, pharmacists and laboratory technicians, among others.
“We have also acquired a brand new digital x-ray machine and can now undertake services for which we used to refer patients to Keffi or Jos,” he maintained.
The CMD also explained that the government had provided housing accommodation within the premises of the hospital to consultants and other senior doctors for prompt response to medical issues.
He therefore, assured of the state government’s commitment to providing quality health care delivery to members of the public.