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Nigeria: Abuja University’s Teaching Hospital set to Launch Patients’ Fund

The University of Abuja Teaching Hospital Gwagwalada, (UATH) is set to launch a patients’ fund to enable poor patients access healthcare in the hospital.

The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the hospital, Dr. Peter Alabi, who disclosed this Thursday, said the hospital’s management decided to launch the fund as a result of influx of poor patients who could not foot their hospital bills after treatment.

He said the burden is taken its toll on the hospital’s resources hence they are launching the patients’ fund and called on stake-holders, corporate organisations and well-meaning individuals to donate generously to the fund.

“We have carried out surgery and caesarean operations on patients with the hospital’s resources. Also, we have been embalming unclaimed corpses with our money. These are very expensive and we need money to be able to continue with such treatment,” he said.

Dr. Alabi said the hospital’s management has set up a committee involving prominent individuals in the council and beyond to successfully launch the fund so that the hospital could continue to give treatment to patients who cannot afford hospital bills.

He listed challenges facing the hospital to include transit ambulance and shortage of space to accommodate the increasing number of patients to the hospital.

According to Dr Alabi, the fund which will be launched in November, has been registered, with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).