Maiduguri – The Umaru Shehu Ultra Modern Hospital, Maiduguri, treated more than 70,000 out-patients in the past 10 months, its Chief Medical Director, Dr Samuel Ville, said yesterday.
Ville said in Maiduguri that more than 800 major surgeries were also carried out at the hospital during the period, in addition to many minor operations.
He said the 300-bed hospital established by the Borno Government also took successful deliveries of 700 babies during the period.
â€œWhen I was appointed the Medical Director in October 2008, my immediate task was how to make the hospital a world-class health institution as envisaged by the state government.
â€œI actually set out to achieve the mandate in spite of the numerous challenges,” he said, adding that he met only 32 doctors comprising 11 Egyptians and 21 Nigerians, when he assumed duty.
â€œThe doctors were consultants and specialists in different fields. Unfortunately, some of them had to leave for certain reasons, creating a big vacuum.â€œHowever, the hospital continued to witness influx of patients, including those with minor ailments, thereby piling more pressure on the existing manpower,â€™â€™â€™â€™ he said.
Ville said that the hospitalâ€™s management had obtained approval from the state government to recruit more workers to rectify the situation.â€œWe have just secured approval to recruit 43 medical doctors, 100 nurses and 133 support staff to beef up our operations.