FRANCIS NANSAK, LAFIA

The Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Keffi, Nasarawa State, yesterday commenced the digitisation of keeping information relating to patients.

The Medical Director of the centre, Dr Joshua Giyan, stated this during the inauguration of the new technology at the information management unit of the centre in Keffi.

He said that the move was part of the centre’s commitment to ensure that patients’ information were kept safe as well as to ensure quality service delivery for the benefit of all.

“The aims and objectives of this new technology are to ensure that patients’ information is kept for a longer period without entertaining any fear.

“This hospital is always working in accordance with medical rules, which emphasises provision of quality service delivery to patients.

“It is also the aim of the centre to be ranked among the best tertiary health institutions in the country, be a centre of excellence and to attain international standard.

“The new device will help to curb cases of misinformation about patients’ details,’’ he said.

He said that all modalities had been put in place for proper maintenance of the new device, to ensure its durability.

“The centre has entered in to agreement with experts and consultants for four years, plans are on the way for the installation of solar energy system to avoid power failure.

“As we all aware, power failure could lead to loss of patients details,” said the director.

He promised to continue to initiate more good health policies and programmes that would better the lives of patients.

The medical director, however, urged patients and their relatives to support the management of the centre to enable it deliver on its mandate.

He also called on the staff of the centre to be dedicated to duty in order to contribute their quota to national development.

Giyan also offered clarification over the process regarding the appointment of the Head of Clinical Services.

It would be recalled that controversy has continued to trail the issue of who succeeds the present occupant of the seat, Dr. Yahaya Ubam, whose tenure has elapsed.

Giyan explained that the procedures are quite clear in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Federal Ministry of Health.

The medical director who reacted to a letter purportedly written by an unregistered group, ‘Nasarawa State Indigenes Association in the Centre’, which is demanding that the position must be reserved only for indigenes of the state, said they failed to understand the procedure or process of appointing the Head of Clinical Services.

He explained that the Head of Clinical Services position is a professional one charged with the responsibilities of overseeing all activities of all the clinical departments, in addition to his chairing the advisory committee of the centre, which makes him the engine-room of the hospital operations.