Abuja - The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has completed the remodeling of its clinic in Karu, FCT, into an 80-bed modern hospital, to serve the health needs of its personnel.
Dr Abdulkadir Muazu, a Consultant to the NCS and Director, Sports Medicine, National Sports Commission, said this when the Deputy Public Relations Officer of NCS, Joseph Attah, visited the hospital on Thursday in Abuja.
Muazu said the hospital was to complement other health facilities in FCT in providing emergency medical care for accident victims, generate revenue and ensure adequate maintenance and sustainability.
"It has been the vision of the Comptroller General, Alhaji Dikko Abdullahi, to develop for the service, a modern comprehensive, well equipped secondary care level hospital for the health and welfare of officers and men and the local community.
"What was there before was a small duplex clinic that provides some form of medical care on primary care basics.
"The Comptroller General has a vision to build it to a world class structure that will meet the health care of the service because he believes only a healthy and fit officers and men can drive the vision of NCS.
"It is 80 bedded modern secondary level care hospital.
"But a hospital that has practically everything that any hospital, including tertiary care hospital, may wish to have in terms of scope of facilities and services.
"The concept was to develop a very standard and modern hospital that has a comprehensive diagnosis facilities, radiology, chemical laboratory endoscope, and laparoscope.
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"And to have modern well equipped external and emergency that will provide immediate care, basic emergency and critical care, including intensive care for the hospital."
Muazu said the hospital was equipped with two standard modular operating theatres for multi specialty surgeries and additional day care theatre, intensive care unit and modern central sterilisation supply department.
He said the theatres and the ICU would be provided with central medical gas and vacuum systems while the clinical laboratory was capable of carrying out comprehensive range of laboratory investigations.
The consultant said that the radiology and imaging department was equipped with high resolution permanent magnet MRI machine, among others.
He said that the hospital had maternal and child health, infant care equipment, intercom service, fire alarm, close circuit television system and a modern mortuary.
Dr Nanman Nandang, Deputy Comptroller in charge of the Karu Clinic, said it was initially handicapped in the area of imaging called radiology.
Nandang said that before now, the clinic had no standard laboratory equipment to conduct diagnosis.
"We are also limited in our nursing care; intensive care management was a challenge which the new hospital has addressed.
"And as you are all aware, we usually move with oxygen cylinders but the new hospital has addressed that now; we have a centrally placed gas delivery system.
"The other area we have problem before is in the area of theatres, but now we have well equipped modern theatres that are comparable to any other in this country," Nandang said.