By Ado Hassan, Sokoto
A House of Representatives member, Ahmad Kalambaina at the weekend urged the management of Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital , Kware, Sokoto state to fast track and focus more on the sustenance of infrastructural development and improved staff welfare.
Kalambaina(APC- Sokoto) who made the call in Sokoto , represents Kware/ Wamakko Federal Constituency in the lower chamber of the National Assembly.
The lawmaker while making his remark
at a special reception organised by the staff of the hospital and well wishers in honour of the hospital’s Medical Director, Dr Shehu Sale, for his reappointment by President Muhammadu Buhari, said doing that would ensure meaningful physical infrastructural transformation being piloted by Medical Director.
He noted that employments, infrastructural development and community services rendered by the hospital management have strengthen its capacity as well promoted peace in the area.
Accordingly, Kalambaina who also acknowledged the positive strides associated with the efforts by the hospital management , hitherto, emphasized the need for the management to sustain the progress recorded .
In the same vein, the lawmaker urged workers to support the hospital management towards improving the living standard of staff as well as their families.
“I want to congratulate Sale for his reappointment as Medical Director, you and your team piloting the affairs of the hospital has impacted positively in the citizens lives.
“The importance of hospital to the community and society at large cannot be over-emphasised.
“I urge you and your team to continue discharge your duties without fear or favour,’’ Kalambaina said.
Similarly, the District Head of Kware, Alhaji Muhammadu Dan’iya (Sarkin Yamman Kware), represented by Alhaji Mustapha Bello-Kware (Madawakin Kware) and a staff of the hospital also congratulated Sale on his reappointment.
According to him” is a translation of Sale’s resilience , dedication and commitment to the course of giving good leadership to the hospital for humanity with fear of God.
” The epoch making reception by members of staff and well wishers is also a demonstration of Sale’s acceptance to the hospital and Kware community testifying the good and quality stewardship to better the hospital.”
However, the monarch who also noted how Sale’s leadership had over time impacted on patients welfare and the community in terms of services , called for a responsive partnership drive involving governments, traditional institutions and groups towards mitigating cases of mental health disorders in the country.
A one time Chief Medical Director of Federal Medical Center (FMC) Birnin Kebbi, Dr Abdullahi Ibrahim, expressed optimism that Sale’s reappointment will further facilitate robust enhancement on mental health administration.
Ibrahim, a Consultant Psychiatrist noted that Sale’s first term ensured upgrade of all hospitals departments, provision and installation of modern equipment as well as construction of perimeter fence and more structures.
According to him, Sale facilitated the construction of new molecular laboratory, Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Isolation center and accident and emergency unit in the hospital which were no existence in the past.
Also, the National Chairman of the Association of Psychiatric Nurses of Nigeria (APNON), Mr Sani Haruna, disclosed that the hospital has the highest number of psychiatric nurses undergoing professional examination at the School of Post Basic Nursing under the present leadership.
Haruna called for more support and collaboration on mental health which he said would contribute in addressing substance abuse, suicide cases and other associated problems in the society.
” With the expansions, rehabilitation and construction of more building as well as provision of equipment, the hospital has been able to tackle key impediments under Sale.
” The hospital is today better in terms of manpower, expertise and services including administrative competence”, he pointed out.
Prof. S. A. Isezuo, a Senior Consultant Cardiologist, Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto urged workers to consider Sale’s stewardship as a messier to the hospital who had interest on progress and development.
Responding, Dr. Sale thanked the organisers, describing the event as a spring board for motivation as well a call to further dedicate himself to the course of serving humanity .