By Solomon Attah,
The West African College of Surgeons (WACS) has accredited Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital (DASH) to train doctors for residency on Obsterics and Gynaecology up to the level of a consultant.
The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of DASH in Lafia, Hassan Ikrama, who revealed this in an interview in Lafia, said, the management of the hospital was making efforts to begin post graduate training for pharmacists.
According to Ikrama, the essence was to boost the manpower befitting of a specialist Hospital and to ensure efficiency in healthcare delivery.
“We were given accreditation for residency on Obstetrics and Gynaecology recently by the West African College of Surgeons to train doctors up to consultant.
“Currently, we are doing undergraduate training for pharmacist and Nurses and we are working seriously to begin post graduate training for them to assist them attend the height of their career,” the CMD added.
He lauded Governor Abdullahi Sule for given them approval to employ additional staff, providing them accommodation and equipment.
“Following the governor’s approval, we have employed more than 100 nurses, 25 doctors as well as others in addition to the once we have to bridge gap of health workers to patients ratio,” he said.
The CMD also listed achievements in the last one year to includes; increasing the number of theatres from two to four, increasing clinics from one to eight, provision of scanning machines from one to eight.
“Other initiatives to reposition the hospital included the 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 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 added.
Ikrama, therefore, assured members of the public that the management of the hospital would do everything possible to improve service delivery.