The Medical Director in charge of Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital Kware, Sokoto State DR. Shehu Sale has applauded the Sokoto State Governor, Rt Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwa, Minister of State for Health, Senator Wamakko and other philanthropists for their support and assistance in promoting the Hospital and make it the best among the other neuropsychiatric Hospitals across the country.
He stated this yesterday while fielding questions from our correspondents in his office, adding that the hospital has been upgraded to the high standards through the support of the Federal Ministry of Health, Sokoto State Governor and other individuals.
“You see before I took over, the service were very scanty but within the last three (3) and half year we have increased greatly and remarkably. we were able to computerize our finance system in the account and this is very important because it minimised wastage and other sharp practices in the account” he added.
Dr. Sale who also pointed out that the Hospital Managements have received a lot of donations from the state government under the leadership of Aminu Waziri Tambuwal Matawallen of Tambuwal, adding that they also received a lot of donations from other individuals such as vehicles and ambulances, medical equipment, and these are all geared towards the establishment of family medicine clinic, that is NHIS clinic so that the hospital will in addition to psychiatric services, provides other services that are rendered by other multi specs.
The MD who also emphasised on the achievements recorded within a short time in the office pointed out that they have the equipment that are needed to provide psychiatric services mainly electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)machine, while acquired electroencephalography (EEG) machines and others needed for our services.
“In addition, for family clinic, they also have all the equipment required in a standard operating theatre. Other equipments for our diagnostic centre such as ultrasound scan machine, X-ray machine and computerized Tomography Scan (CT- Scan) machine are all on their way,” he said.
He added further that all necessary arrangements had been concluded by the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Health for the purchase of a CT – Scan machine for the hospital and others.
“We have been getting tremendous support from the ministry. they have renovated the buildings, as well as the equipment, such as ambulance and we have the personnel to provide the services. I’m only waiting for the management approval to establish the tester services but all that is needed to establish the services are available,” he added.
Dr Sale who explained that the Hospital was once a state-owned hospital and was later taken over in the 1980s by the Federal Government, adding that It was established under the Military Government by decree in 1988. It was taken over 25 years ago by the Federal Government.
He said that the mandate of the hospital is the same with other serving Federal Psychiatric Hospital in the country. “There are eight (8) of them, two in the north-west, one in Kaduna and the other in Sokoto. The main mandate of the hospital is for provision of mental health care services, research and training of health care provider and all these mandates have been carried out effectively by the hospital” he said.
“When I took over the leadership of this hospital in June 2017 the staff strength was very small about five hundred 500 and now we have about seven hundred 700 staff strength within this three year and mainly the staff strength that were increased are areas of critical services that is nurses, pharmacist and medical doctors and also medical laboratory scientist.
They were very few of these areas and these are the main professionals that are needed in the hospital. We also have the other ones but these are the ones that the much-needed services on any health institution. So we have a number of them and we still need more but Alhamdulillah the number we have now is quite adequate,” he added.