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Published On: Mon, May 27th, 2019

Garki hospital records 5 kidney transplants,1 heart surgery in 12yrs

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By Stanley Onyekwere

No fewer than five kidney transplants and one open-heart surgery have been successfully carried out by the Garki Hospital, Abuja, within the last twelve years of its management by Nisa Group under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) initiative.
This disclosure was made by the then Vice Chairman of the Garki hospital, Dr. Ibrahim Wada, in a video presentation when Secretary, Health and Human Services Secretariat, Adamu Abubakar Bappah paid the hospital a working visit, last week.
Wada, now Group Medical Adviser, Nisa Premier Hospital group, likened the concession arrangement to a relationship between a husband and a wife, and Garki Hospital like the baby of the union.
According to him, his team improved the physical infrastructural of the hospital, employed professionals and brought in state of the art facilities, which has changed the fortunes of the hospital and has enabled it to successfully perform five kidney transplants and one open-heart surgery.
He added that with renewed and improved collaboration, the hospital would become a facility the whole country would be proud of in the delivery of effective health services and saving the country’s resources in seeking medical attention abroad.
He recalled that the PPP between the FCTA and Nisa Group, Dr. Wada revealed that following the overstretched and deteriorated nature of the hospital by 2003, a bidding was conducted to concession management and operation of the hospital to a private enterprise, a process through which Nisa Group emerged winner and have piloted the affairs of the health facility for about 12 years.
Wada stated that treatment in the facility was not expensive, even as he added that it was not cheap, but less than half prices of what was obtainable in private facilities of similar standards.
Adamu Bappah, in his response, stated that he and his team was at the hospital to see the state of the facilities, revealing that the PPP arrangement was barely three years to run out.
Bappah also stated that the FCTA had set up a committee to understudy what was going on in the hospital and report back to it to enable it take decision on whether to allow Nisa continue or bring in another manager to take over when the current arrangement expires.
He therefore asked Nisa to submit a comprehensive report on its operations, facilities and the way forward for further action by the Administration, advising them to work closely with the Abuja Infrastructure Investment Council (AIIC), “so that we will have those leaving the country, either as medical workers or patients seeking media called attention abroad can stay home.”
The team also visited Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja, where they were led by the instruction’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Osman Nuri Aras on a tour of its facilities as part of the Memorandum of Understanding earlier entered into by the two organizations to train medical students in the Asokoro and Wuse District hospitals.

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