The Fiscal Responsibility Commission(FRC) has commended the foresight of the management of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital(ATBUTH), Baluchi, for prioritising the second phase of the trauma centre to accommodate more casualties and other patients.
The North- East team leader of the commission, Alhaji Mohammed Zailani, stated this on Tuesday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria( NAN) after inspecting the ongoing projects at ATBUTH in Bauchi.
He said that the centre would in no doubt accommodate many patients, adding that the facility had been over-stretched in the recent past.
“I commend the management of the hospital for giving priority to the phase two of the trauma centre, which in no doubt will accommodate patients, especially that the state is relatively peaceful and many patients visit the facility from the north -eastern states,”he said.
He also applauded the initiatives of the management toward expanding the psychiatric wards which he said was too small to accommodate both staff and patients before.
The Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee(CMAC), Dr Sa’idu Kadas, told NAN in an interview that there was need for expansion of the psychiatric ward.
Kadas said that the facility recently witnessed an increase in psychiatric cases either on the basis of drug abuse or that of family history.
Earlier, the representative of Aswad Investment, the contractor handling the project, Mr Yusuf Umar, said that the phase two trauma centre comprised of an ultra modern hydro- therapy area, physiotherapy gymnasium, female and male wards and side rooms.
He listed other facilities there to include : consulting rooms, rest and changing rooms, nurses stations and wheel passage to ease movement of patients from phase one of the complex to the second trauma centre.
NAN reports that the FRC team was in the state to inspect the projects funded by the Federal Government in 2015/2016.