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UMTH : Child Institute/Center, Safe Haven For Child Care

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UMTH : Child Institute/Center, Safe Haven For Child Care

By: Balami Lazarus 

The University Of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital in Borno State has seen a significant improvement in medical infrastructure and facilities despite the rebels’ destruction of the Northeast. Medical professionals, healthcare professionals, and other stakeholders are pleased with Professor Ahmed Ahidjo’s capable leadership as Chief Medical Director.

Indeed, we could see that from the recent recognition of the CMD as Zannah Burshema of Borno by the Shehu of Borno, His Royal Highness Alhaji Abubakar Al-amin Ibn El-kanemi. A title that speaks long and wide about the trust and reliability of the Borno people in the activities and achievements of Professor Ahmed Ahidjo since taking over the leadership position in the management of this great health institution.

Prof. Ahmed Ahidjo

The hospital, which will be in operation as a “Centre of Excellence” for 40 years from 1983 to 2023, has invested heavily in human capital development, considerably improving healthcare services. In reality, several stakeholders claimed that UMTH is a medical research empire where various medical facilities managed and staffed by experts in various medical specialties offer services to the general population.

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Following the report on these developments, it has been abundantly evident that UMTH is Nigeria’s largest teaching hospital, with advanced medical facilities set up to handle the treatment of a variety of ailments and illnesses. This marks an important turning point in the development of Nigeria’s health sector.

In accordance with the Department of Paediatric and Community Medicine at UMTH, the Federal Ministry of Finance financed the Child Institute/Centre, which was created in 2017. The Center opened its doors in 2019 to provide care and attention for all pediatric medical cases. It has a pediatric emergency unit, a pediatric medical ward, and a special care infant unit for both inside and outside deliveries. Additionally, it includes a pediatric outpatient clinic, pediatric specialist clinics and surgeries, orthopaedics, a child mental health center, a vaccination clinic, and other child care services. These facilities or clinics provide various pediatric therapies.

Speaking with the director of The Child Institute/Center, Prof. Yauba Mohammed Sa’ad, a pediatric specialist with a focus on children’s health care and treatment, revealed to NEWSng that the Child Institute/Centre was the brilliant idea of the CMD Professor Ahmed Ahidjo to have a separate Center that will cater to and care for all medical treatment needs for children, including admission. “The Center is holistic, comparable to a typical children’s hospital, where we provide pediatric medical care, pediatric surgery, and other pediatric cases.” While receiving treatment and receiving medication, children need to be loved, cared for, and fed.

Prof Ahmed Ahidjo

The Center is comfortable and equipped to treat all pediatric medical issues, according to Matron Mairo Lamidi, an experienced pediatric nurse. “They are vulnerable to diseases and health hazards that cause illness in them,” she stated. The issues these types of patients encounter with regard to children’s health are addressed by Our Child Institute and Center. According to this, the Child Institute/Centre will eventually come to the attention of UNICEF for its participation on issues relating to children’s health and education.

The Centre, which is be to named after the immediate past Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed for her support in establishing the centre is furnished with the clinics and offices required for administration, services, and therapy. In this 150-bed facility, any inborn patients who experience medical problems are instantly admitted. However, this also applies to any unborn child.

Nevertheless, The Child Institute and Center requires nursing stations and changing facilities for the staff nurses.

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VP Shettima In Maiduguri, Consoles Victims Of Gwoza Suicide Bombings

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VP Shettima In Maiduguri, Consoles Victims Of Gwoza Suicide Bombings

*** Says President Tinubu’s heart is with them, makes personal donations to affected persons

By: Our Reporter

In a swift response to the suicide bombings in Gwoza area of Borno State on Saturday, Vice President Kashim Shettima on Monday paid a condolence visit to the victims and families of those who lost their lives in the gory attacks.

He described the incident as pathetic, even as he quoted the late Dele Giwa saying, “One life lost in cold blood is as gruesome as millions lost in cold blood.”

Speaking with journalists immediately after meeting and commiserating with victims of the attack at the State Specialist Hospital, Maiduguri, Senator Shettima conveyed the condolences of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to the Borno State government and the people of Gwoza.

The Vice President who made a personal donation to all the victims of the attacks and condoled with the families of those killed by the multiple explosions, saying the heart of the President is with them.

“The heart of President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is with the victims and he specifically instructed us to come and offer our condolences and commiserations to the victims of this incident.

“We are here with the Director General of @nemanigeria, with the Minister of Agriculture, with the Minister of Transportation and, of course, the Chief Whip of the Senate, a son of the soil from Gwoza, who was here since yesterday (Sunday), and the Acting Governor. They have been working round the clock to provide succor and support to the victims,” VP Shettima stated.

Pegging the death toll at 32, the VP noted that while 42 persons injured in the suicide bomb attacks were brought to the Specialist Hospital, 14 have been discharged after receiving treatment, with 26 still receiving treatment.

He said, “It was a very pathetic scene. Our hearts go out to the victims. So far, we have recorded 32 deaths; 42 of those injured were brought in from Gwoza and about 14 have been discharged, while about 26 are currently receiving attention.”

“I want to use this forum to most sincerely register our profound gratitude to the Borno State government, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and @ICRC_Nigeria for rising to the challenges of the times and giving their best in terms of support.”

While in Maiduguri, the Vice President also attended the funeral prayer for the late mother of former Borno Governor, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, Hajiya Aisa, at the family residence of Late Galadima Modu Sheriff along Damboa Road.

The mother to the former Governor died in Abuja on Sunday at the age of 93 after a protracted illness.

In the VP’s entourage were the Deputy Governor of Borno State, Umar Usman Kadafur; Senate Chief Whip, Senator Ali Ndume; Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Senator Abubakar Kyari; Sa’idu Ahmed Alkali; former Nigerian Ambassador to China, Baba Ahmed Jidda; the Director General of NEMA, Zubaida Umar, and other top government officials.

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MOP is another stride in the UMTH (1).

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By: Lazarus Balami

The beauty of effective leadership is the continuing development and evolution of leadership ideas. So, these were noticeable around the stride being brought to play by the Ahidjo-led management team at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, UMTH. The latest of which is the Medical Oxygen Plant (MOP), adding to the narratives and initiatives of the CMD and his management team.

When NEWSng heard of the Medical Oxygen Plant project initiated by CMD Prof. Ahmed Ahidjo to improve healthcare delivery services in line with international standards of health and hospital management to provide more room for more medical research and teaching in the hospital, in its character for reporting achievements, our team flew in to see things as they were on the ground. And on good authority, we can say that this singular project has distinguished UMTH from other teaching hospitals in the country.

With what we have reported so far and the many ideas coming and dreams becoming reality, we can only say that it is time other hospitals began to take cues as soon as possible from UMTH. Standing in front of a giant liquid gas reserve tank with a capacity of 10,000 liters, we asked, Where do you find this? With the number of specialized medical centers of different types as a common sight In UMTH, in aiding healthcare services, therefore, the need for medical oxygen cannot be overemphasized in this tertiary hospital. 

In our reportage on UMTH, NEWSng has not heard of the Medical Oxygen Plant (MOP) in any hospital across the country. Perhaps most common to most people are the cooking gas plants where you refill your cylinders for domestic use. But an edible oxygen plant is entirely a different thing, far from the common cooking gas plants that we see at every corner of the streets around us.

Hospital medical oxygen plants are primarily built to cater to and provide for oxygen, a basic need in all hospitals and other medical facilities for the treatment of patients in critical conditions. Intentive Care Units (ICU), Child Care Centers, and Baby Incubators are the major consumers of medical oxygen gas. whether or not oxygen simply means gas. In this regard, we are concerned with filterized, refined, and cylinderized oxygen as medical gas oxygen.

At the plant site, our team could see a large liquid oxygen tank (LOT) reservoir. Speaking to our team, Engr. Babangida Mohammed Inuwa, the Head of Oxygen Production, informed us that this section of the Medical Oxygen Plant and its machine, tagged as Plant ‘C’, was constructed and provided by the Federal Ministry of Health in partnership with the National Agency for the Control of Aids (NACA), Abuja, while Air Separation (Nig) Limited Lagos provided the technical know-how of separation from raw liquid gas to medical oxygen gas. 

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“What we had before now was an oxygen refill unit. But today we have a medical oxygen plant of high capacity, standard, and quality production with a reservoir tank of 10, 000 liters of liquid gas,” Engr.Babangida said.

He also said that the first machine is 19 years old but still working infectively and in good shape. ‘ It is all about plant preventive maintenance (PPM) culture. That is what we practice and apply here.” He added. “If this measure is not applied, any breakdown of the three machines will affect our production, and by and large, the hospital will suffer a shortfall of oxygen, and patients will not find it easy’. Also, other hospitals and their patients might be in a similar medical condition. This is because most hospitals in Maiduguri get their medical oxygen from us (UMTH)”. He said.

Speaking on the challenges faced by the medical oxygen plant, the Head of Production, Engr. Babangida Mohammed Inuwa said one major cog in the hospital and the plant is power. “You need power to energize you to do what you want to do. to achieve your goal. Power is energy, and energy is power. There is a major failure of power (electricity) in Maiduguri, and our hospital is at the receiving end. 

“However, our solar systems are bailing us out to some extent. But we need a national grid supply of power. Those in authority should come to our aid’. He said.

Indeed, this is absolutely a problem, as observed in Maiduguri generally. This protracted challenge of power, which has not only affected healthcare services in UMTH and Maiduguri but also business and social activities, calls for government and spirited individuals to come together to salvage the situation, particularly as it affects the health of the people in the state.

The UMTH is doing everything possible to ensure the best attention is given to power generation in the hospital; however, resources are being merged and could not give the needed output as expected. While this is so, it is expected that people should come to this understanding. Our findings revealed that some individuals within and outside the hospital are taking advantage of the electricity outage and/or power failure in the city of Maiduguri to accuse and label the hospital management for refusing to provide electricity to the wards and medical centers. This is absurd!

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World Kedney Day: CMD Extols Borno Govt for Supporting UMTH’s Kedney Centre

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World Kedney Day: CMD Extols Borno Govt for Supporting UMTH’s Kedney Centre

By: Babagana Wakil

The Chief Medical Director of the University of Maiduguri teaching hospital, Professor Ahmed Ahidjo has reiterated the hospital’s commitment to the treatment of Kidney and other related diseases.

The hospital boss , made the disclosure yesterday while addressing members of the hospital Kidney Center as part of activities to mark the year 2024 World Kidney Day.

According to the Chief Executive, the hospital has remained a reference point among hospitals attending to such cases in Nigeria, while emphasizing that the role of the Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum can not be overemphasized.

According to him, the state government have been responsive and committed to activities related to kidney research and development, part of which recently, the government kickstarted the process that targeted about 50 million Naira to fund and assist research process in the Centre.

He admonished members of the Kidney unit to continously demonstrate high sense of professionalism and expertise when dealing with patients while emphasizing that in UMTH, patients remains the king.

On his part, the Director of the Kidney Centre, Professor Ibrahim Ummate, called on the general public to prioritize their health, as he noted that kidney disease is fast growing

According to him, about 18 percent of Borno population is presumed to be suffering from Kidney disease, while advising that people should endeavor to always drink water, eat healthy, exercise and always go for checkup of atleast 3 to 6 months intervals.

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