10 December 2012

Nigeria: Hospitals Urged to Offset Debts to ACMs

FCT Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr Ademola Onakomaiya, Thursday directed all medical directors of public hospitals under the FCT Administration to settle their debts with the Abuja Central Medical Stores (ACMS) despite the challenges of the free ante-natal care, so that they can pay their contractors and continue to stay afloat.

The secretary, who stated this during the end of year/ award giving ceremony of ACMS, said if such debts are not settled, ACMS will decapitalize and it will take the FCTA back to the era of out-of-stock syndromes in the territory's hospitals.

He said ACMS has a very vital role to play in achieving FCTA's objective to ensure that residents have access to quality healthcare delivery, particularly in providing quality, affordable, safe and efficacious essential drugs as well as consumables to patients.

The secretary commended ACMS management for hard work and also congratulated staff who won awards. He said the health secretariat is looking into and will soon arrive at a decision on the issue of casual workers to be converted to permanent staff.

Speaking earlier, Director Pharmacy Services of the FCT Health Secretariat, Mrs. Murha Kazzah, said the drug revolving scheme of the FCT have been a huge success compared to other states of the federation and commended the head of ACMS.

The director called on the secretary to lend his support in the actualization of ACMS autonomy, adding that such achievement will go a long way in strengthening her by removing bureaucracy that often slow down the operations of the drug reform programme.

In a welcome address, ACMS Head, Dr. Celina Asuelinmen, said despite the challenge of fund and huge indebtedness of hospitals to ACMS, they've continued to supply essential medicine and other sundry items for the sustainability of all drug revolving schemes in the FCT secondary and primary healthcare level.

She commended some of the contractors for keeping faith with ACMS despite huge sums of money owed them for a long period of time.

Asuelinmen said ACMS underwent facelift to beautify its environment and constructed a new asphalted access road to its premises, after the former road was fenced in by the owner of the plot.

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