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Covid – 19 ; FMC Yola suspends visiting hours, pegs one relative per patient



COVID-19: FMC Yola Suspends Visiting Hours, Pegs One Relative Per Patient

The Periscope reporter

TheFederal Medical Centre (FMC) Yola, has suspended the visiting hours to the hospital. It has also reduced the number of patient relatives to one relative per patient.

This is contained in the press release Tuesday, signed by the chief information officer of the hospital Adamu Muhammad Dodo,

Dodo revealed that the measures taken were “in compliance with the directives from the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN), with a view to controlling the spread of Corona Virus Disease; COVID-19.

1. All visits by the patient relatives have been suspended till further notice.
2. Only one patient relative is allowed to stay with a patient on admission.
“The management of the hospital wishes to remind members of the public to observe regular hand washing with soap and clean water, use of hand sanitizers where soap and water are not readily available, observe social distancing, avoid handshake and crowded places and observe personal hygiene

“These measures will be reviewed as the situation improves,” the hospital management assured.






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COVID -19; Borno NUJ commends BOSG steps in preventing the virus



Covid 19, Borno NUJ commends BOSG steps in preventing the virus

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ ) Borno Chapter has commendad the Borno State government for taking a swift action to prevent out break of Corona virus disease in the state.

The NUJ in a statement signed by its secretary, Alhaji Mohammed Ibrahim said *”Wworthy of note is the setting up of high powered Response Team for the prevention and control of Covid-19 as well as provision of state of the art facilities for testing, isolation center and intensive care unit among other restrictive measures to keep the public safe. ”

The Union however calls on the government to provide more artificial respiratory machines to complement the ones on ground for use and as precaution in the event of any suspected case.

NUJ Borno Council assures government and people of the state of adequate and accurate coverage as well as timely information on prevention and control of corona virus.

The statement equally calls on journalists not to publish any alleged case on Covid-19 without confirmation from the Response Team or the Commissioner of Health in the state and be cautious while covering issues relating to the pandemic by using personal protective equipment.

“We also implore the public to be prayerful for an end to the global pandemic and remain law abiding in the face of restrictions by the government on social distancing including personal hygiene.*, the NUJ stated.


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Adamawa CP directs DPOs, Area Commanders to enforce public compliance with preventive measures on COVID -19



Adamawa CP directs DPOs, Area Commanders to enforce public compliance with preventive measures on Convid-19

By Baba Yakubu Yola

Adamawa State Commissioner of Police, Mr Audu Madaki, has directed Divisional Police Officers and Area Commanders to ensure public compliance within their areas of jurisdiction of all legitimate orders given by government to contain the Convid-19 pandemic.

The directive was contained in a statement by the Adamawa Command Spokesman, DSP Suleiman Yahaya, who said that the commissioner also warned against unnecessary arrest and detention of suspects.

“Against the backdrop of the Covid-19 (coronavirus) global health threat and the subsequent social restriction orders imposed by governments at all levels, to enable its containment, the Commissioner of Police, AUDU A MADAKI , while enjoining citizens to voluntarily adhere to the orders, directs all DPOs and their supervising Area commanders to ensure that all legitimate orders given in pursuant to the containment efforts by the Government are strictly enforced within their areas of jurisdiction.

“The CP while urging officers to observe personal safety measures, further directs the Area commanders and DPOs to ensure that cases of unnecessary arrests and detention of suspects are not condoned.

  • “He reiterates that detention of suspects must be reduced to the barest minimum and that only very serious cases such as terrorism, armed robbery, homicide and other non-bailable offences should warrant detention. The CP further directs that adequate measures be put in place to screen persons to be committed into police custody.

    “The CP enjoins citizens to avoid social visits to police stations and other police offices and minimize official visits, except where absolutely necessary. Meanwhile, the CP has ordered for immediate publicize phone numbers of it’s Command Control Room, Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) and other Operational Commanders using the conventional and non- conventional media in order to facilitate alternative interacting and reporting options between the Public and the Police.”

    The statement also announced the closure of all Police Primary and Secondary schools in the state in compliance with Federal Government directive, adding that the Police Medical Services has also step up sensitization programmes across Formations and Barracks in the Command.

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FMC Jabi to introduce paupers fund, commends FMC Yola



FMC Jabi To Introduce Paupers Fund, Commends FMC Yola

The Federal Medical Centre FMC Jabi, Abuja, Nigeria is set to introduce hospital paupers fund.

The new Medical Director of the health facility, Prof. Sa’ad Aliyu Ahmad is passionate about compassionate, which could not be unconnected to his aristocratic lineage.

Prof. Sa’ad, having taken cognisance of the growing number of the indigent patients parasiting in the lean rather unsustainable resources, has challenged the staff of the social welfare of the health facility to thinking outside the box with a view to be self-sustaining in terms of tending to the indigent patients.

Prof. Sa’ad, having been impressed with the activities of the hospital paupers fund that is established in FMC Yola, has recommended the social welfare unit of FMC Jabi to visit FMC Yola and get the blueprint with a view to introducing same in the health facility.

Mrs.Faith Onyogo is the head of social welfare unit of FMC Jabi, she visited FMC Yola to study the activities of the hospital paupers fund.

Onyogo is well received by the management of FMC Yola and the hospital paupers fund committee.

Onyogo, having commended Prof Sa’ad for his foresight and for arranging her study tour, explains that she is in FMC Yola mainly to learn about the hospital paupers fund.

Onyogo, on behalf of the management of FMC Jabi, commended the management of FMC Yola and the hospital paupers fund committee for their understanding and maximum cooperation.

“I’m hear to learn about about the hospital paupers fund; how it is established, the composition of the fund scheme’s members, the sources of fund, the activities and challenges of the funds scheme,” Onyogo says.

Onyogo requests to know these Tuesday, during interactive session with the hospital paupers fund committee members at the secretariat of the fund’s scheme in FMC Yola

Alh. Suleiman Abdullahi is the chairman of the hospital paupers; having welcomes the guest from FMC Jabi, says that the fund’s scheme has been rendering free consultancy services to health facilities that want to introduce hospital paupers fund scheme.

“We’ve earlier received members of the social welfare of FMC Keffi, Nassarawa state and FMC Azare, Bauchi state, who have come to study the activities of the hospital paupers fund in FMC Yola. We gave them the blueprint to be able to establish their own,” Abdullahi explains.

FMC Yola hospital paupers fund is establishment by Prof. Auwal Muhammad Abubakar the Medical Director FMC Yola, following the growing number of the indigent patients admitted in hospital, necessitated by the activities of the insurgents and the economic meltdown; considering the lean resources of the health facility and the newly introduced TSA and the IPPIS policies of the government.

“The Federal Medical Centre, Yola has traditionally been exempting payment for the healthcare services rendered to such category of patients referred to as indigent patients, as one of her corporate social responsibilities.

“However, the upsurge in the number of those requiring such exemptions and the dwindling financial resources of the hospital have made the management to look into the matter with a view to finding a sustainable solution.

“This has led to the creation of a Hospital Paupers Fund committee, which inauguration was celebrated on Thursday 16, August 2015.

“The fund committee, has 18 members categorised into external and internal members.

“The external members represent the three geopolitical zones of the state. They are also drawn from retired civil servants with excellent records during their service carriers.

“The internal members are members of staff of the Federal Medical Centre, Yola, that represent the required service windows.

“The chairman of the hospital paupers fund is Alhaji Suleiman Abdullahi; a onetime General Manager Savannah Sugar Company, gubernatorial aspirant, a politician who cultivates the philosophy of politics without bitterness, agricultural consultant with the Kelele Nigeria Limited and serving board member of the Modibbo Adama University of Technology MAUTECH Yola.

“The Hospital Paupers Fund, Yola HPFY has as its terms of reference to:

1. Sensitise philanthropic individuals, corporate bodies and the general public on the plight of the indigent patients.

2. Seek for financial assistance towards meeting the healthcare services needs of the indigent patients.

“The HPFY went into collaboration with the managements of media organisations in Adamawa state with a view to sensitising well meaning individuals and organisations, inviting them to join the corporate and collective social responsibility by assisting the indigent patients through the Hospital Paupers Fund.

“The fund committee has received the postings of the traditional leaders; the monarchs by means of courtesy calls before approaching individuals and organisations to contribute funds for services rendered to indigent patients at FMC Yola.

“However, the beneficiaries to the fund must meet certain conditions before they could draw on the funds resources. The criteria to be fulfilled are:

a. The beneficiaries must be on admission in the hospital with a hospital number

b. He/she must be recommended for assistance by a consultant in FMC Yola

c. The Head of Clinical Services of the hospital will approve the recommendation and confirm the amount required.

d. The social welfare office will check to confirm that the patient being recommended for assistance is indeed indigent and cannot meet the financial requirement for the services to be rendered.

e. On completion of the procedures above, the request forms are sent to the chairman HPFY for approval.

f. As soon as the chairman’s approval is obtained, the hospital authorities will provide all the recommended services as payment for it is assured.

g. It is important to note that any payment to the hospital for services rendered is made directly into the Treasury Single Account of the hospital.

h. There is no cash transaction between the HPFY and the authorities of the hospital. This arrangement ensures transparency and cuts any possible leakage on the funds.

i. This is a most commendable arrangement set up by the hospital management and adopted by the HPFY.

j. As at now, the services that are being paid for by the fund for indigent patients include; surgeries, investigations, drugs and hospital bed fees.


The management of FMC Yola has allocated a fully furnished office to the HPFC in the hospital.

Faith based organisations in the hospital such as the Islamic Medical Association of Nigeria and the Fellowship of Christian Health Workers, have pledged to be contributing funds into the account every month.

The HPFY is also grateful to the individual contributors who extend the philanthropic gesture and the media organisations that keep on publishing and publicising the activities of HPFY as one of their corporate social responsibility.

HPFY is hereby inviting corporate organisations to join the popular call and contribute generously to the scheme:

For individuals and organisations that want to contribute, they can do so through the following fund account Number:

Hospital Paupers Fund, Yola: Zenith Bank Yola: 1014406062.

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