Abuja administration collaborates with a U.S. organization to enhance health care service.
The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, on Tuesday assured of its commitment to overhaul the standard of public health institutions to ensure a world-class healthcare delivery in the Nigerian capital.
The Minister of State for the FCT, Olajumoke Akinjide, gave the assurance at the opening of a free training programme organised by the FCTA in collaboration with a non-profit organisation in the United States of America, Medshare, for biomedical technicians and engineers.
Over 50 biomedical technicians and engineers drawn from the public, private, military, police and para-military are participating in the training.
The minister, who was represented by her Special Assistant on Social Development, Uchenna Nwafor, said the provision of quality and affordable healthcare delivery remained a top priority of the Administration.
“The FCT Administration is committed to ensuring that the residents of the territory have the best quality of healthcare at the various levels of care. The Administration is determined to achieve all of the health related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in FCT by 2015 and the transformation agenda of Mr. President,” she stated.
She explained that the training of biomedical technicians and engineers was in tandem with the administration’s transformation agenda of providing world-class and affordable healthcare delivery services from primary to tertiary healthcare facilities.
According to her, effective and efficient medical practice is dependent on availability of skilful human resources, functional diagnostic medical equipment and hygienic working environment.
“It is my utmost belief that this capacity building programme will generate ripples of change among biomedical technicians and engineers in handling and maintenance of our medical equipment and ensure their optimal functionality,” she said.
The Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretariat in the FCT, Demola Onakomaiya, reiterated the commitment of the FCTA to ensuring a holistic overhaul of all the public health care facilities in the FCT.
Mr. Onakomaiya, who was represented by Niyi Oduneye, said the administration would support the provision of relevant equipment and capacity enhancement of health workers to deliver quality and sustainable health care services.
Commending the FCT Minister of State for facilitating the grant from Medshare for the training of biomedical technicians and engineers, he admonished participants to keenly learn and make the best use of the opportunity to develop themselves and build capacity in handling of the equipment.
The Director of Biomedical Training & Technical Services of Medshare, Eben Armstrong, disclosed that his organisation would distribute medical equipment to hospitals in the FCT.
Medshare, registered as a non-profit organisation in the USA, works in the Health sector to bridge the gap between demand and surplus through the collection of surplus medical equipment and supplies from manufacturers, distributors and hospitals, and the redistribution to qualified healthcare facilities in developing countries.
Since its inception in 1998, Medshare has donated over $93 million worth of medical supplies and equipment in more than 700 forty-foot containers to hospitals and clinics in the economically developing world.
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