The mandate secretary, Economic Planning, Revenue Generation, and Public-Private Partnership (EPRGPPP) secretariat of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Hon. Lukman Dabiri has applauded the Garki General Hospital Abuja for its giant strides in medical services and revenue generation.
Dabiri gave this commendation when the management of the hospital, led by its managing director, Dr. Adamu Onu, paid him a courtesy call at the secretariat in Abuja.
Dabiri described the hospital as a “good model and an epitome of a successful PPP project in the FCT” given the innovative performance of the hospital and the wonderful services it has been rendering to the residents of the territory. He particularly expressed profound appreciation for their collective spirit of excellence, professionalism and genuine commitment and dedication to duty which, according to him, has impacted positively on the internally generated revenue (IGR) profile of the FCT administration.
The secretary noted that the era of depending heavily on budgets was over, just as he charged the SDAs to look inwards and redouble its efforts to not only ensure sustainable revenue generation but qualitative service delivery to the people.
“The era of depending on budgets, which are mere projections and expectations, is over. The sure way now is the PPP and IGR options,” he said.
He, however, urged the management of the hospital to embark on sustained public sensitisation of FCT residents, especially in market squares, motor parks and other public places on the need to undertake regular medical check-ups to ensure healthy living.
Earlier, Onu, told the secretary that it is the policy of the hospital to provide medical treatment to patients in emergency, regardless of whether they have money or not. He enumerated some of the services rendered by the hospital, which include kidney transplant, heart surgery, knee and hip replacement among other serious health problems.
He further informed the mandate secretary that, the hospital provides uninterrupted health and medical services to members of the public, pointing out that its doctors and other staff members do not embark on industrial action even when their colleagues in the public sector do.
A statement by EPRGPPP’s head, public relations and communications, Nnachi Okafor, said the hospital remained one of those in the city-centre established by the FCT administration to catering for the health and medical needs of FCT residents. It would be recalled that in March 2007, a concession agreement for the management and operation of the hospital was signed between FCTA and Nisa Premier Hospital under the public-private partnership (PPP) arrangement.