Christiana Gokyo, Jos
BAUCHI STATE – Chief Medical Director (CMD) of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH), Bauchi, Dr. Mohammed Alkakli, has appreciated Union Bank’s quarterly contribution of N3 million for the intervention of patients, who cannot afford to pay for hospital services.
While making his appreciation, Dr Alkali observed that, “Such support has not been forthcoming for over a year,” and called for the need for hospitals in the country to have a mechanism where it can address the health needs of the less-privileged, who are unable to access medical services due to insufficient funds.
Dr. Alkali described the mechanism as an investment, which everybody should be interested in, saying, the teaching hospital had been championing the cause, irrespective of all the challenges associated with it.
The CMD, who disclosed this, recently, while receiving members of a Bauchi-based non-governmental organisation, ‘Hope for the Living Steve Joy Foundation’ (Hope-L) in his office, said that the hospital had over the years developed a Coffers Fund Intervention, which people and corporate bodies showed interest.
He pointed out that, “Over the years, this type of support has not been coming. So, even if the hospital wants to assist people in emergency situations, it has to be paid because it is a ‘revolving fund’ we are running; there is no money that comes from anywhere.
“We buy the consumables we administer to patients. So, if people that cannot pay are more than those that can pay, the revolving fund would collapse,” he noted.
“This is the situation we are heading to, because by our training we cannot see somebody in an emergency and refuse to attend to him. It is quite unfortunate that, in spite of the little efforts we are making, some people are still abusing the opportunity,” he said.
Dr. Alkakli further observed that, it was difficult for the system to cope with the challenges, and appealed to the Hope-L foundation to create awareness on the need for more assistance by the society for people that cannot afford such services.
He urged people to be honest enough to declare their financial status, while revealing that, “because there was one Fulani man we received at the hospital at a critical moment; a staff was trying to help him when large sums of money dropped out of his pocket!”
Speaking earlier, founder of the Hope-L foundation, Steve Joy, attributed the bestowment of the organisation’s patron on the CMD to his track records and commitment to attending to the plights of the people, saying his contributions to the society were commendable.
According to him, the organisation was building a network of people, who can channel their resources to the less-privileged in the society, adding, “Many people were suffering and lost their lives due to poverty.”