Okerafor Athanatius, Jalingo
The Medical Director, Taraba State Specialist Hospital, Dr. Rimanmde Ubandoma Joel has described manpower, funds and equipment as major challenges hampering the smooth running of the Hospital.
Dr. Joel, who said the notable challenges being faced by the Hospital management are the same with every other oganisation stated this while speaking with The UNION yesterday in his Jalingo office. He said the Specialist Hospital is directly under the office of His Excellency, Governor Darius Ishaku noting that the Governor is aware of the challenges and has assured proffering solution.
“Well, any facility that is moving and looking up will certainly face challenges; you do not face a challenge when you are satisfied with where you are but if you really have plans to improve and raise your strata, and take it higher and higher, certainly you are going to face challenges, the challenges are simple which you know in any organizations; the challenges of Manpower, Money and Materials, the 3 Ms as they call them”.
“This Office is directly under His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Taraba State and he is fully aware of our needs for manpower, money and materials”, he said.
On the issue of lassa fever, ravaging the lives of many Nigerians, Taraba State inclusive, the M.D. disclosed that since the outbreak of the disease in the State, the Specialist Hospital has recorded two deaths while four suspected cases are being treated, explaining that samples have been taken to Irua Federal Specialist Hospital, Edo State for laboratory examination.
As results of laboratory tests are being awaited, he stated, the patients at the moment are being treated for symptoms such as headache, fever, diarrhea and vomiting.
He emphasized that the particular specie of rodent known to be transmitting the virus has multiple breasts in its body saying it is common in our environment and exist both within and outside our houses.
Since it is not easy to identify the said specie, it is advisable to refrain from having contact with or eating rats at all.
The M.D said lassa fever had been recurring yearly during dry season in the state in the past five years but has gained increased awareness now due to the publicity given to Ebola, adding that in the past, even though people died from lassa fever, it was ascribed to other causes like witchcraft and other diseases.
Dr. Joel further said that because of the severity and frequency of the disease in the State, the state Ministry of Health has opted for the establishment of a Reference Laboratory in the State, for lassa fever and other related diseases, from the Federal Government, saying the request is receiving attention.