The Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Yola, has taken delivery of vital medical equipment, donated by the National Lottery Trust Fund, to curb coronavirus pandemic in Adamawa state.
The equipment comprises of General Purpose Digital Radiography, Extra cassettes, Voltron 60KVA, 3 phases, ultra-wide range industrial and ervo (VTC 3-6000) was commissioned and handed over to the hospital by the Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Sen George Akume on Wednesday.
Akume, lauded the agency for commissioning over 15 projects in the health sector in the last four months, saying, the gesture is remarkable and the path to end overseas medical tourism.
The commitment of NLTF in harnessing resources for the upgrading of primary healthcare centers and other tertiary health centres is boost to the health sector
He re-affirm government effort for the immediate take-off and deployment of the central monitoring system as a viable option to remove all inefficiencies in the lottery industry to strengthening the capacity of the National Lottery Regulatory Commission and NLTF for optimal result to curtail revenue losses estimated at 100billion in the last 14 years.
Akume also charged licensees and permit-holders to without further delay pay-up their outstanding liabilities or risk the revocation of their licenses and permits as efforts are underway to recover the backlog of revenues due to government.
“Accordingly, all persons and organizations licensed to engage in national lottery business should be ready to meet up with their statutory obligation to avoid being sanctioned.”
Earlier, Dr. Bello Maigari, the Executive Secretary and CEO the essence of the support to make difference in saving lives by providing high standard of care to vulnerable, pregnant women, children and patients seeking urgent interventions with serious diagnostic challenges.
He added, monitoring an evaluation mechanism to track the progress of the intervention programmes, and utilization of the facilities has been put place in the hospital.
“I encourage people to observe all the laid down protocols issued by PTF on Covid-19, the NCDC and stay safe while lauding the commitment of government and the hospital their strive to improving the healthcare standard of Yola community and its environs.”
He urged stakeholders to key into raise awareness of the value of lottery funding, leveraging on the evidence base intervention programmes.
The Chief Medical Director of the Hospital, Prof. Awal Mohammad ,who received the equipment said the hospital through the fund committee had treated 470 people free of charge.
Mohammed said the bed capacity of the hospital will soon reach 500 urge for more support.
He assured judicious utilization of the equipment for the purpose intended.