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Inadequate Equipment, Others Are Part Of Our Challenges- MD FMC Jalingo

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The Medical Director,​ Federal Medical Centre,​ Jalingo, Dr. Aisha Adamu has identified inadequate equipment, materials, power and water supply as some of the major challenges the hospital is faced with.

Dr. Adamu who stated this in Jalingo, Taraba State capital while briefing journalists to mark her​ one year in office said other challenges include Personnel deficiency in the right distribution and mix as well as erosion.

Despite the modest achievement recorded within the year under review, Training and retraining of personnel is also a big challenge to the management due to funding as well as Security and Housekeeping due to problems of outsourced.

Our Correspondent gathered that the one year anniversary of resumption of office which took place at the cabin hall of the hospital was first of its kind since the establishment of the hospital in November, 1999 with Dr. Daniel Bobzom as the first Medical Director.

Dr. Aisha Adamu who thanked the morning God Almighty for making it possible for her and her management team to mark the period also thanked him for protecting them through the challenging time of covid-19 pandemic.

She listed some of the achievements recorded within the one year in office to include setting up an assessment team that conducted an assessment of four key components of the hospital that included Infrastructure, Personnel, Equipment and Operations.

“The assessment was conducted and has so far formed the bedrock of our service provision for the past one year.

“The Hospital has experienced a lot of media coverage especially social media hence a lot of what we have accomplished is already in the public domain.

“However, we were able to renovated MD’s Block and supply furnitures, Built a Molecular Laboratory and supply of equipments (Federal Government-ESP), built an isolation Ward (Lassa And covid-19) (ESP), Renovated the proposed Public Health Department as well as Building of Neo-natal Ward (capital project 2020) among many others.

Dr. Aisha Adamu also informed that within the year under review, ward one and Female Surgery Ward and Gynae as well as Maternity ward were all renovated.

She said a 4 bedded intensive care unit was established and expanded to 10 bedded by the federal government, as well as the establishment of Endoscopy unit by the hospital which is fully functional.

The MD further explained that the hospital has also organised several workshops for over 21 staff and trained over 57 while 152 were promoted within the one year.

She noted that despite the Covid19 pandemic and the EndSARs protest that almost crippled the entire economy of the Nation,​ she has within the year in office be at work to fulfill the mandate of providing excellent healthcare services to the teeming population of Taraba state.

Mrs Adamu maintained that she has also within the last one year engaged unions and attend to their complaints by providing them their legitimate claims and welfare packages.

“As we speak,​ residency training is in top gear, and we want to strengthen research to fulfill one of its mandate.

We all know that the security situation of the country is quite delicate and the hospital is doing all what it can to ensure security is beefed up .

There is a good collaboration between the internal security and the police.

The Medical Director, therefore, noted that CCTV are being deployed at relevant places and required motorcycles that have been deployed for surveillance to help address the problem of insecurity within the hospital.

” Within a year, we have done our best to make sure that governance is done in an accountable and transparent manner”.

She revealed that in the coming years, Hospital intends to provide more infrastructures including GOPD/NHIS, Physiotherapy, laundry, establish more departments and strengthen the existing ones as well as employ more housekeeping staff and train them among others, for effective service delivery.

Dr. Aisha Adamu, appreciated the Taraba State government and all the philantrophists, corporate organizations and NGOs who donated various items to the hospital in the past one year and all the stakeholders especially the host community for their guidance and tremendous cooperation and appealed for more support to enable them achieve the set goals.

She finally commended the principal offices of the institution for a job well done, while she pledged to do her best in ensuring that they work in a conducive environment and with the necessary tools.

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Gov Fintiri Meets CAN Leadership, Reels Out Scorecard

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—I’ll Definitely Take You To The Adamawa Of Your Dream – Gov Fintiri

By Muhammad B Muhammad

Ahead of the forthcoming elections, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State who is seeking for re-election under the platform of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has met with leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the state.

He was at the CAN State Secretariate in Yola Monday at the instance of the leadership where the officials asked him what he intends to do for the state if re-elected for a second tenue in office.

He started with the security sector where he narrated how his administration has redefined the security architecture that was hitherto in the state of shamble.

He said the government has injected thinking and funds that changed the narratives, enabling the citizens sleep with their two eyes close across the state.

On education, Fintiri said his administration has inherited a comatose system but injected a lot of commitment and resources to revive the sector.

According to him, the successes recorded has helped the government to renovating 5,000 classrooms, announcing that arrangements are in the pipeline to upgrade ten legacy schools in the state.

He added that the government has provided free education and relieved parents burden of payment of WAEC and NECO adding however that UNICEF has also built eighty schools in Fufore and Guyuk and it is set to construct more.

Governor Fintiri has made clarifications over some unwarranted rumours on the workforce, saying his administration has never sacked 10,000 workers as being speculated in some quarters.

He said the Government has only stopped the last minute biased recruitment of 1,500 teachers by then outgoing administration and employed 2,000 competent teachers through a clean process.

Speaking on the Health sector, Fintiri said over 100 primary healthcare centres were built and renovated, eight new cottage hospitals with staff quarters were built and equipped with modern facilities while health workers were also employed.

The Governor said his administration is also reforming the infrastructural sector, as the government has constructed 347km rural roads, built many urban roads in the state capital and some towns.

Governor Fintiri said his administration has initiated Adamawa Agribusiness Support Programme to tap the potentiality in the agric sector for youth employment, improve revenue generation and welfare of the citizens.

He said the Government has also cleared backlog of gratuity of retired workers to the tune of N5b, improved payment of monthly pensions and welfare of retirees across the state.

The Governor has also spoke on environment, housing, Internally Generated Revenue among other sectors and sought for support of the Chiristian Leaders, promising to redouble efforts if reelected.

Earlier, the State Chairman of CAN, Bishop Dami Mamza said Christians in the state are committed to Adamawa unity as according to him, God has endowed the state with all the potentialities to achieve greatness for the citizens.

Hightlight of the meeting was questions and answers session.

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Adamawa: Primary Sch Teachers, Health Workers, LG Staff To Enjoy National Minimum Wage

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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

It appears that the incessant calls by Primary School Teachers, Primary Health Care and Local Government Workers in Adamawa State on salary increment have come to an end as henceforth they will start enjoying the national minimum wage.

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri revealed this while addressing Primary Health Care Workers who were on a one thousand man march solidarity visit in the Government House, Yola, Monday.

He said arrangements have been concluded for the payment, assuring them however that the government will also address the issues of their leave grant allowances and promotions.

The Governor further told the workers that the government is working on some structural reforms to enable primary Health Care Workers’ remuneration go intune with Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS).

The Executive Secretary Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Suleiman Saidu said the visit was to show solidarity for Governor Fintiri for his numerous achievements not only in the health sector but the entire state as a whole.

Speaking separately, Malam Yahaya Sa’idu, Lawan Abubakar Umar and Emanuel Cartwell commended Governor Fintiri for providing them motivation that enabled them to achieve excellence and vowed as grassroot workers to mobilize massive votes for his re-election.

The State Chairman of Medical Health Care Workers Union of Nigeria, Comrade Usman Babbada thanked Governor Fintiri for implementing promotion benefits at the hospital services management board up to 95%.

The one thousand man march solidarity to Governor Umaru Fintiri by the primary school health workers was commenced from Women Development Centre, Yola and terminated at Banquet Hall Government House, Yola.

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Adamawa Govt Approves 16.6km Roads Network At 1,000 Housing Estate Malkohi

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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Adamawa State Executive Council at its first 2023 meeting has approved 16.6km roads network at the 1,000 Housing Units Malkohi in Yola South Local Government Area at the cost N3.744b.

According to the resolution of the council meeting presided over by Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, the project was awarded to Messrs Jodas Salamu Global Nigeria Limited.

State Commissioner of Works and Energy, Alh Adamu Atiku Abubakar revealed this to newsmen after the council meeting that held in the Council Chambers, Government House, Yola Monday.

Abubakar added that the road network project which is to be completed in 12 months, is inline with the policies of the present administration to ensuring rural and urban renewal.

The Commissioner further said the Council after deliberations has approved construction and renovation of 12 lots of classroom blocks, laboratories and library in Government Secondary School Fufore.

He said the project awarded at N151m is being spread across 12 independent contractors adding that work will soon commence.

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