Daily Trust (Abuja)

28 January 2013

Nigeria: FCTA Raises Alarm Over High Kidney Cases in Hospitals

The Secretary FCT Health & Human Services Secretariat, Dr. Demola Onakomaiya, has said that the FCT Administration is aware of the rising number of kidney disease cases in the territory's hospitals and communities, of which many are referred out of the country to save lives.

Dr Onakomaiya stated this at the weekend in Abuja during the official commissioning of an intensive care and dialysis units at Asokoro District as well as the presentation of utility vehicles to medical directors of all the FCT hospitals.

He said the alarming rate of the illness necessitated the urgent need for responsive health care services by establishing functional and effective kidney disease management centers with dialysis and intensive care units.

"We are proud to announce that presently, the FCT has two dialysis and intensive care units that are fully equipped in Asokoro and Wuse District Hospitals, to care for the citizens of the FCT and beyond," he said.

Dr. Onakomaiya further stated that the units will reduce the hardship faced by many patients and save many lives and at subsidized rates.

He reaffirmed FCT Administration's commitment to provide qualitative, accessible and affordable health care services that are comparable anywhere in the world.

He expressed his joy that general hospitals scattered all over the territory are catering for the increasing number of residents, adding that services are being expanded and hospitals' built to provide specialized care to residents.

Dr. Onakomaiya commended the efforts of FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed, for granting approval for the procurement of utility vehicles for all the medical directors of FCT hospitals, which he said will go a long way in ensuring that FCT residents get efficient and affordable services.

Responding on behalf of the medical Directors, Dr. Abubakar Ahmadu, said FCT hospitals have witnessed a radical change in the last one year and thanked the FCTA for the vehicles and said they will be judiciously used.

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