COVID19: Army/NAOWA Hospital Ready for National Response–CMD
The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the Army Command and Nigerian Army Officers Wives’ Association (NAOWA) Hospital, Major General Ikechukwu Okeke (rtd), has assured that more effort will be made to put the hospital in good state so as to be part of the national response on coronavirus.
Gen. Okeke, noted that the hospital will liaise with the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to ensure that necessary guidelines in the prevention and care of COVID19 patients are followed.
He gave the assurance when the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, led other principal officers of the Nigerian Army to tour facilities at the newly-opened hospital in Asokoro, on Wednesday.
According to the CMD, the Army Command and NAOWA Specialist Hospital is designed as a modular general hospital with almost all the departments located within the enclosed blocks.
“This ensures that most services can be obtained without stepping out of the buildings. The main hospital building consists of 2 blocks of one-storey building. It has provision for a reception, general outpatient, children’s clinic, pharmacy and radiology on the ground floor of Block A. The upper floor has the administrative block, as well as general and private wards. Each block is divided into two wings by a wide corridor. There are staircases, ramp and a lift.
“Block B has the accident and emergency, operating theatre, maternity and antenatal clinic on the ground floor. The upper floor has the children wards and other facilities. Other structures in the premises are the kitchen, laundry, generator house and water plant, as well as the public health and eye clinic in a separate building,” he said.
Maj. Gen. Okeke, added that though the hospital is expected to fill the gaps and complement other military healthcare facilities in the nation’s capital and beyond, it is also open to civilian clients that may wish to access timely and quality medicare at the facility.
Lt. Gen. Buratai, in his remark, tasked the CMD and pioneer staff of the hospital to be committed and dedicated in offering quality healthcare service and treatment to prospective patients.
The COAS, expressed delight over the state-of-the-art medical facilities already on ground for the smooth take-off, assuring that more funds will be made available to provide other critical amenities for the specialist hospital.