Twin operating theatre suites at His University Teaching Hospital.

By Marie-Therese Nanlong

Jos – Plateau State Governor, Caleb Mutfwang has commended the unveiling of a twin operating theatre suites at the Jos University Teaching Hospital, JUTH, saying that the facility would reduce the long queues for surgeries and save many lives.

Mutfwang who unveiled the facility which was constructed and equipped by the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas, NLNG Limited Hospital Support Programme on Wednesday noted that healthcare is very central to high productivity and the future hence the need to ensure a culture of excellence in the sector.

He stated, “Having a twin operating theatre is going to serve more people and the delays experienced in the use of theatre would be greatly reduced and many lives will be saved. On behalf of the North Central, we thank the NLNG Limited for this project. The health sector is very critical, one of my signature projects will be in the health sector. I won’t continue to maintain mediocrity in the sector, I will project into the future and bring a culture of excellence. We will appreciate your support in any way you can assist us to achieve the dream.”

He commended the Chief Medical Director of JUTH, Dr. Pokop Bupwatda and his team for improving on the foundation of his predecessors and urged the staff to continue to put in their best at work.

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The Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Kachollom Daju stressed that the project is a high-impact intervention by NLNG Ltd as a part of the Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR and called on the Management of JUTH to “jealously guard the facility with utmost care and regularly and consistently monitor and evaluate its use, to ensure prompt maintenance, for improved quality care for our citizens that would require the use of this facility.”

Also, the General Manager of External Relations and Sustainable Development, NLNG Ltd., Andy Odeh mentioned that the project which is one among many others provided in nine Teaching Hospitals across the country is provided to shorten the waiting time for patients who need surgery and to motivate staff to do their job better.

He explained, “The project was conceived following a thorough needs assessment that highlighted the long wait list for surgical procedures as a priority area that requires urgent attention. Despite having available medical professionals to carry out procedures, the number of available operating theatres for the patient population was a limitation. The project is aimed to shorten the waiting period and increase the operating capacity of JUTH.”

Earlier, the CMD of JUTH, Dr Pokop Bupwatda maintained that the project means a lot to JUTH which is operating in a resource-limited setting and assured of making the best use of the facility.

The facility with automated doors which is connected to the hospital’s Accident and Emergency building to ensure easy access consists of two operating theatre suites, two scrub rooms, two preparation rooms with storage, a recovery room, conveniences, a linen room, a dirty utility room, male and female changing rooms, offices, electrical room, store, reception/waiting area, nurses’ station, pre-operations room, medical equipment, oxygen supply, fire fighting and prevention systems.

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