FMC Bida And The Challenges Of Healthcare Provision.

For the people of Bida in Bida local government area of Niger State, healthcare delivery is a big expectation they have in the present leadership of the country.
The ancient town in Niger State remains a strategic location for the setting up of the federal medical centre to meet their medical needs going by the large number of residents of the city and other adjoining LGAs in that part of the state.
The minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, inaugurated the Board of Management of Federal Medical Centre, Bida in the first quarter of 2018 with the charge to ensure that efficiency, transparency that will guarantee quality health delivery is given to the people of Bida and environs.
The Board came into being at a time that many Nigerians, especially All Progressives Congress (APC) party faithful were clamouring for the composition of the Boards of government parastatals and agencies to create opportunities for them to be part of government to help in delivering to the people the benefit of democracy.
No sooner than the Board was inaugurated, its chairman, Is’haq Usman Sarkin Shanun Jere, set out for the brass task of providing committed and transparent leadership to the 13-member Board with a view to transforming the 21 years old federal tertiary hospital established in Niger state into the best centre in the country.
The Board assured of its determined to maintain peace with the management of the hospital to achieve its mandate of appropriate policy guidance and supervision on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Health. In a bid to eradicate industrial unrest in the hospital, the Board has embarked on vigorous engagement and dialogue with all the unions and associations in the hospital to create a conducive atmosphere for mutual understanding and harmonious relationship between the management, the health workers, which are critical elements for effective health service delivery.
With the need for engaging and mobilising the community stakeholders to join hands with the federal government to develop the centre, the Board has also established cordial relationship with the traditional institution in the state, through the Etsu Nupe/chairman of the State Traditional Council, HRH, Alhaji (Dr) Yahaya Abubakar.
The minister applauded the medical director of FMC Bida, Dr Mohammed Aminu Usman for his creativity in managing the centre effectively even in the face of scarce financial resources.
The chairman of the Board used the opportunity of the visit to appeal for more financial intervention for the centre to enable it acquire additional specialised medical equipment in line with the aspirations of the present administration.

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