By Dr Seidu Bello, Executive Director, CFDF.
All the hospitals in Nigeria are built and operated by either government or private individuals. Definitely, enormous success has been recorded over the years in the healthcare sector but there are a lot of gaps to be filled. One of such area is specialist care including craniofacial surgery and the care for the needy.
Abuja Craniofacial Hospital exist in different parts of the world, e.g Aintree Regional centre for oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Liverpool in the United Kingdom. They specialise in the comprehensive care of facial diseases including research and training. Sri Ramachandra Hospital, Chennai, India was built and operated by public trust and is a centre where patients can access free treatment. The centre is also involved in research and training.
Proposed Abuja Craniofacial hospital for the needy is a paradigm shift and is located at Sabon Karshi, an hour drive from Abuja. It occupies a land of 7,200 square meters with building approval secured. The perimeter fencing has been completed, borehole in place as well as a 4-bedroom apartment for prospective construction workers.
It has 4 major buildings; an administrative building that equally has accident and emergency department. It also has Male/female wards, theatre as well as a the 4th building comprising guest house and private wards.
When completed, the hospital will care for the poor. The high quality of treatment will attract the wealthy and as the only advanced craniofacial centre in black Africa, it will serve as a referral centre for training and research in the continent.
A total of 420million naira (1.08 million dollars) is needed for the hospital building.
Let’s join hand to chart a new course for CRANIOFACIAL SURGERY AMONG THE POOR IN AFRICA.
Donate to Cleft & Facial Deformity Foundation. Pls check www.cfdfnigeria.org.ng for details.