The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has called for an increase in Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement to facilitate the development of public facilities in the territory.
Acting secretary for Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS), Mallam Musa Abdulraheem, made the call yesterday, during the commissioning ceremony of a high technology machine, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) laboratory, at the Karu General Hospital, Abuja.
Abdulraheem noted that PPP arrangement is a way to go in providing rapid facilities in public institutions, so that government pays for these facilities over a period of time.
Represented by the director of planning, research and statistics department, in the secretariat, Dr Mohammed Kawu, the acting secretary stated that the administration is passionate about PPP initiative as it ensures that the available little resources are utilized by government for other purposes.
He therefore called for more PPP arrangements in all government hospitals and other departments in the territory for the benefit of residents.
The acting secretary noted that the PCR laboratory would be of greater important to residents of Karu community and the FCT in general, adding that the facility would be replicated in other health facilities in the territory, especially in the face of the emerging viral diseases.
Earlier in a welcome address, the medical director of Karu General Hospital, Dr Osamuede Belle Ojo, had noted that the commissioning of the new facility is part of the objectives of the FCTA of providing better healthcare services to serve the community better.
Ojo explained that the machine is meant to test viral infections, such as HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, detect and check their severity, as well as follow up to know if the patient is getting better or getting worse.
She added that the machine can do so many other things, including detection of other viral diseases such Lassa fever, coronavirus, if the capacity of the machine is increased.
Also speaking, the general manager of the hospital, Dr Francis Alu, disclosed that the administration did not spend anything to acquire the facility, except the space for the laboratory and the MoU it signed with the partner.
Adding that based on the MOU, the hospital is supposed to pay for the facility over a period of time.