- The Concept
The founder of CLEFT & FACIAL DEFORMITY FOUNDATION (CFDF), Dr Seidu Bello had this long term belief that provision of an hospital with specific emphasis on indigent patients with head and neck diseases, is possible and practicable.
My belief was reinforced in 2013 when I visited India and discovered that Sri Ramachandra Hospital located in d big city of Chennai, India, actually offer such services.
Such an hospital will quickly develop skill and reputation such that the rich patients will also attend and generate funds to sustain the hospital. Training of specialist can easily develop .
- The Justification
Since the establishment of CFDF in 2011, we have traversed at least 8 states of Nigeria and the story is the same of several people with Facial diseases who have resigned to fate due to poverty and inaccessible craniofacial hospital care. We have operated on over 2000 major cases and 2200 minor dental cases and we are overwhelmed by the patients on the waiting list. Presently only one hospital, Noma Hoopital Sokoto, offers service to the poor which is grossly inadequate in a country of over 200 million population. In addition to the provision for the poor, the expertise at the hospital will attract clientale from far and near and could metamorphose into a teaching hospital where expertise in this rare field could be developed.
- The Proposed Building A parcel of land measuring 60 by 60 metres has been acquired along Keffi road, Abuja for this purpose. The projection is a moderate sized hospital that will be functional and capable of rendering the proposed services. The components will include a theatre, 40 bed male and female wards, private wards, Admin building, Accident & Emmergency /General outpatient, and a guest house.
- The Services
There will be 2 parts to it. The poor patients with head neck diseases will be able to access free and qualitative treatment. The rich that are capable of paying will also access treatment and have maximum comfort. Skeletal services will be provided for local community at general outpatient Unit.
- The Funding of the Building
Funding will be by public support
- Running of the Hospital :The hospital will be run by CFDF. We hope to start in the beginning with outreach programmes untill we are capable of sustaining a set of permanent staff. Because of the huge funding , we can not rule out possibility of collaboration with government and big funding organisations.
Once fully functional, we hope to be able to seek collaboration with government.
In the long run, various activities including treatment of the rich patients and training can generate funds to sustain the enterprise.