MSF has built new permanent facilities in Gwange Paediatric Hospital in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, northeast Nigeria. The MSF Gwange Paediatric Hospital was launched to respond to the lack of paediatric services in the town. Gwange area is one of the most populated areas of Maiduguri, hosting the highest number of internally displaced people (IDPs) with an extremely low presence of humanitarian actors. “Gwange Paediatric Hospital’s location is in one of the poorest and most underprivileged neighbourhoods in Maiduguri,” says Daniel Tejedoi, MSF construction manager and engineer. “The hope is that the improved facilities will further support the communities in the area.” MSF’s Gwange Paediatric Hospital provides care for children aged between one month to 15 years old and is the only free of charge paediatric inpatient care centre available within Maiduguri, with a capacity of 80 beds during off-peak malaria seasons. If required, the hospital’s capacity can be extended to 200 beds using tents during peak malaria seasons or in response to a measles outbreak. “The new hospital offers better infrastructure, more comfort, and can be converted to a structure three times in capacity during peak malaria season,” says Tajedoi. MSF teams were forced to complete the new hospital in two phases within 12 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The first phase concluded the construction of an emergency room with a common triage area, inpatient department (IPD), intensive care unit (ICU), orange and yellow wards, and a pharmacy. The second phase included better blocks to accommodate orange and yellow patients plus support structures: a new milk room, a sterilization unit, medical office and a laboratory. A new dispensary, a tetanus room, and two additional latrines were also included in the second phase. In 2020, MSF treated 22,648 children in need of emergency care at the Gwange Paediatric Hospital, including 11,106 who were admitted to the IP

Federal Medical Centre Abeokuta spends over N44 million monthly on purchase of diesel to power the hospital 

Prof. Adewale Musa-Olomu, the Medical Director of Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Abeokuta has said the hospital spends over N44 million monthly on purchase of diesel to power its generating sets.

He disclosed this at a Medical Outreach organised for journalists in the state by the hospital on Thursday.

The medical doctor lamented the high cost of the product in the country, saying it is adversely affecting the running of the institution.

Musa-Olomu called on the Federal Government to, as a matter of urgency, declare a state-of-emergency on the energy sector.

He said that the high cost of diesel which recently jumped from N600 per litre to N730 per litre was threatening the survival of the medical institution.

He added that the institution was blessed with a lot of equipment but had been struggling to power them following the rising cost of diesel.

He explained that “government needs to declare state of emergency on the energy sector and most importantly, the use of energy in tertiary institutions; it is just very necessary.

“In FMC Abeokuta, we used to spend N5 million worth of diesel every two weeks, which comes to N10 million in a month, but suddenly the thing (diesel) jumped to N22 million (every two weeks), which came to N44 million in a month. So, how are we going to cope?.

“Everybody knows the state of diesel; it is what we all use to power our generators and if as a medical centre we were spending N10 million, but suddenly jumped to N44 million, how are we going to cope?.

“But if the Federal Government could declare state-of-emergency on the energy sector and probably gives us solar panels of about 1,000MW, it would help us a lot.”

Musa-Olomu said that the medical outreach was organised to enable journalists to ascertain their health status.

He appealed to journalists to cultivate a healthy life style and shun alcohol and cigarette consumption.

He said “we know from our experience over the years that quite a lot of people can get lost in their professions and forget to take care of themselves, especially journalists.

“That is why we are organising this outreach to call their attention to it that it is necessary to take sometime out to check one’s health.”

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