Federal medical centre Bida in Niger State is set to install a Computerized Tomographic Scanning, CT scan machine as one of the ways to improve health care delivery.
The equipment which will cost N152million has been approved by the federal government.
The FMC has already installed two kidney dialysis machines and planned to acquire two more of the equipment before the end of the year.
The Chief Medical Director of the institution, Dr. Usman Aminu who made this known while exchanging views with newsmen in Bida said, the provision and installation of these equipments would reduce the cost patients and their relations have to pay in seeking medical treatment.
Dr. Usman Aminu noted that the absence of these equipments had always made the centre to refer patients to Gwagwalada or the far north for such facilities.
The Chief Medical Director also disclosed that the centre had acquired and installed one of the most modern oxygen plant which provides oxygen to all the wards in the hospital through laid pipes thereby de-emphasising the use of gas cylinders.
Aside from this, the plant now supplies IBB specialist hospital with oxygen free of charge.
Dr. Usman said within the last one month, the centre had been able to rescue 45 premature babies majority of them delivered outside the hospital, adding that this was made possible by the high calibre of staff and sophisticated equipment in the centre.
The Chief Medical Director further said that the institution was only concerned about delivering quality service to patients not maximising profit which was why the centre charged not more than N40,000 for cesarian separation whereas private and other health facilities within and outside the state charged between N150,000 and N200,000.
‘We will continue to serve the people to the best of our ability, this is what we have dedicated ourselves to’.
The FMC was established 19 years ago.

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