By: Joy Odor/Kaduna
The Vice-Chancellor of Taraba State University, Professor Vincent Ado Tenebe has called for the overhaul of Saint Gerald Catholic Hospital to help modernize; modify and service the hospital to enable it catch up with the modern technology in medicine and compete in International Standard Practice.
He made the call in an interview with newsmen at the 60 Years Diamond Jubilee celebrations of Saint Gerald Catholic Hospital in Kaduna, North-West, Nigeria on Saturday.
According to him, the call to help the hospital by the public in finance or donating free drugs became imperative knowing that Saint Gerald is the only Hospital in Kaduna and Northern Region that accepts accident victims, gun-shot victims, electrocuted victims and very other health related issues as pass on the floor of the Senate.
The Vice-Chancellor informed that because of its religious belief that human being comes first, then God heals, Saint Gerald do not reject any patience that comes on their door step but treat them without asking for deposit is in dear need of assistance from the Kaduna State Government and the general public to enable them continue to give out these service.
Professor Ado Tenebe who is the former Vice Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria and the Chairman of the occasion appealed to the hospital to continue to make the service affordable to the host communities, Kaduna and Nigeria especially for the under-privileged in spite of the economic recession being faced by the country.
“We thank God that Saint Gerald’s hospital is a gift to humanity because of the service the hospital has rendered over the 60 years was established to the people of Kaduna, the northern region and the country. They will verify that Saint Gerald has done very well and has lived up to expectations.
“Being basically a missionary hospital, it is a hospital that based on sincere service to man and to God and because of that, I will called on all the people of the state and especially Christians in the Kaduna Archdiocese to continue to contribute to the growth of the hospital so that the facilities of the hospital will be modernized, modified and service to catch up with the modern technology in the medicine and at the same time make the service affordable to the host communities, Kaduna and Nigeria especially for the under-privileged” he stressed.
The University Don however advised other health institutions to be sincere in the delivery health services to humanity, be closer to God and above all encouraged those who cannot afford the charges requirements for the provisions for their health to come down to the level of such people.
According to him, all health institutions should also modify their charges to encourage people to go for preventive medicines rather than curative one by given health education to ensure all the diseases do not occur often.
“I advised other health institutions to be closer to God and be sincere in the delivery of services to humanity and above all encouraged even those who cannot afford the charges requirements for the provisions of health services to come down to the level of such people and also solicit for people who can sponsor those who connote pay for health services.
“Above all, they should have modified charges to encourage people to go for preventive medicines rather than curative one by given health education to ensure all the diseases do not occur often” Pro. Tenebe said.
Speaking on the Education, Professor Ado Tenebe was of the opinion that education is a right and not a privilege and called on the government and the people of Nigeria to continue to work hard to make education affordable to the citizen.
According to him, if Nigeria will not lay more emphasizes on education of its citizens, the country cannot lay a good foundation for the development of the nation, saying, this is because if there is proper education, there will be development but when the revered is the case, the society will only breed insurgents, criminality and under-developed country.
“I will tell you that education is a right and not a privilege. l will call on the government and the people of Nigeria to continue to work hard to make education affordable to the citizen because if we do not do that, we cannot lay a good foundation for the development of the nation.
“If you have an education citizen, you will have a developed nation but if the revered is the case, you will breed insurgents, criminality and under-developed country.
“That is what is facing us in the country to so l will call on all to go back to the drawing board to provide education to our citizens for the betterment of the country” he affirm.