By: Joy Odor/Kaduna
Saint Gerald Catholic Hospital has commanded Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufia for the payment of N8 million naira out of N15, 649,861million naira for the treatment of 2011 post-election crisis, derailed train accident in Kakau, police station attack in Kajama and electrocuted children in Kakuri.
The Administrator of the Hospital, Reverend Sister, Beatrice Danladi who made this known to newsmen during the Hospital’s 60th Diamond Jubilee Pre-Press Conference in Kaduna, North-West, Nigeria on behalf of the Proprietor His Grace, Most Reverend Matthew Man-Oso Ndagoso said the payment of the outstanding fund has becomes necessary due to disappearance of patients from the hospital bed after recovery from ailments without settling the medical bills.
According to Sister Beatrice Danladi, the hospital is being faced with huge utility bills, outstanding medical bills owed by some patients who after treatment, they end up absconding to the detriment of the hospital and inadequate support from donor agencies.
She begged the State Government to pay its debts which amounted to the sum of N12, 180, 779.00 to enable them meet up their challenges and to achieve its strategic goals and objectives the Hospital has transcends from analogue to digital with E-Clinic in use and acquisition of modern medical digital equipment like; C-Arm, CT-Scan, X-Ray, Dental Machines with a full Automated Chemistry Analyzer and many others for easy diagnosis and management of cases.
“Following the visit of Mallam El-Rufai to the fire and accident victims, he gave a directive that we should treat and send their medical bills to him which amounted to N4,530.918 million in 2016/2017. The bill has been sent and no positive response till date.
“The hospital has incurred huge financial loss over the years, running to over N15 million, including debts owed by some organizations.
“The Hospital also faced with the challenges of huge utility bills, outstanding medical bills owed by some patients who after treatment, end up absconding, to the detriment of the Hospital.
“We need money because we equally want to make available functional and effective MRI, Mammogram, Real Time PCR and Dialysis Machines, since Accidents, Stroke Cases, Breast Cancer, Paternity testing and Kidney complications are common in Nigeria.
“St. Gerald has been in the center for both Kaduna and Northern Nigeria, which will assist people from not being taking too far places like Abuja and Kano to access Medical care” she lamented.
“It may interest you to note that the school has recorded tremendous success in the final Nursing and Midwifery qualifying examination of 2014, 2015, 2016 and gaining one hundred percent passes and 98% for 2017.
“It is our plan to accredit our Hospital for HND programs in future and are already consulting Ahmadu Bello University Zaria to affiliate with them some of our programs” she averred.
Sister Beatrice Danladi informed that the Hospital is working harder to achieve her vision of becoming the foremost faith base holistic health care provider of choice in Nigeria through the inclusion of Post Graduate Family Medicine, the National and West African College of Physician accredited the Hospital in 2017 for research and training of Medical Doctors to become consultants.
She explained that Saint Gerald do not know religion of sickness nor tribe of diseases because the Hospital respect the sacredness of life and attend to all without segregation as long as they are a human being, the hospital treat and allow God to heal.
The Administrator assured that the Hospital is ever ready to serve the public better which is the reason they are soliciting for funds to enable them meet up their challenges.
Sister Beatrice Danladi however appealed to the State government to include the hospital in its subvention plan because they are not getting anything from the government, and have never rejected victims for any kind of treatment whenever the need arise from government.