On behalf of my humble self and my management team, it gives me a great pleasure to congratulate the entire staff of Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital (BDTH), our teeming patients, donors, and partners on this auspicious season.

I want to use this opportunity to thank His Excellency the Governor of Kaduna state, Mal. Nasir Ahmad El-Rufa’i for his tremendous support towards the development of our hospital in the last few years.

The year 2019 came and gone with so many memories of challenges and successes, notably among the latter was in the pursuit of our main core mandate of “Teaching” as a teaching hospital. This is vital in the way teaching impacts positively in the quest towards excellence in the provision of healthcare service delivery, research and mentorship.

To this end, along with the Kaduna State University (KASU) we have secured the long-awaited final among the series of Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) accreditations needed to put our Medical School in the map of fully accredited Medical Colleges in Nigeria and the world. With this success, we hope to graduate our first set of fully home-grown set of medical students sometime within the year 2020; and His Excellency Mal. Nasir Ahmad El-Rufa’I will be the first Governor to convocate this set of pioneer students upon their graduation.

Still on undergraduate training, BDTH and KASU hosted various accreditation teams from the National Universities Commission (NUC) in the year 2019, for the purpose of verifying the resources available to commence undergraduate programmes in Allied Health Sciences in the fields of Nursing Sciences, Radiography, Physiotherapy and Medical Laboratory Sciences. We are hopeful of the positive nod of the NUC to proceed on these programmes by the time the result is released in the early 2020. This cadre of graduates shall fill the gap of the dire needed middle level manpower in the health sector of Kaduna state.

My fellow staff and management team, you may also recall our resolve to prepare grounds for our students and the existing medical Doctors to further their training at postgraduate level of medical education for the purpose of producing highly specialized personnel, in order to among other things reverse the trend of medical tourism, and the conduct of cutting edge research targeted as solving the challenging societal health problems in Kaduna state and Nigeria.

It was in furtherance of the above mandate that we planned, invited and hosted the West African College of Physicians (WACP) in the faculties of Internal Medicine, Community Medicine, and Paediatrics. Similar faculties from the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (NPMCN) have also responded positively to our request to come forward and inspect, examine and accredit the same departments for the purpose of granting permission to train specialist doctors in the above mentioned fields in BDTH.

So far, the council of the WACP approved and granted FULL permission for us to train in the departments of Internal Medicine, Family Medicine and the Community Medicine. The outcome for the WACP Paediatrics accreditation is still being awaited; while the series of accreditations from NPMCN are still in progress hoping to be completed in January 2020.

Other achievements recorded in the outgoing year 2019, expansion of Emergency Paediatric Unit (EPU), relocation of Accident and Emergency (A&E) Department to a more spacious block; expansion of specialty clinics; renovation and upgrade of the hospital buildings and structures; befitting landscaping and gardening of the hospital environment; improved hospital environmental sanitation and aesthesis; commencement of CT scan and MRI scan services; improved Haematology and Histopathology services in our laboratory; renovation and upgrade of the Ear Nose and Throat Department (an anonymous philanthropist intervention); and the renovation and upgrade of Dental equipment and department.

We have also transferred and installed a 500KVA caterpiller generator from Yusuf Dantsoho General Hospital to BDTH, thus allowing us to continue to enjoy a continuous and uninterrupted power supply in the hospital throughout the year; constructed additional borehole for an improved water supply in the hospital; conducted staff verification exercise for the purpose of updating hospital’s nominal roll.

In addition, we have witnessed marked improvement in the internal security vigilance and control following the creation of the newly created security department; renovated, upgraded and commissioned the paediatric Out – Patient Department (POPD); introduced and commenced an electronic medical records (EMR) services, whereby transition from a paper based to paperless hospital became operational; purchased and installed variety of  laparoscopic equipment; partnered with the private sectors in the form of Public-Private-Partnership in the Departments of Ophthalmology, Chemical Pathology, and Radiology for an improved and uninterrupted service delivery; produced for the first time an annual operational plan for the hospital; and conducted the year 2019 staff promotion exercise among other numerous achievements.

As part of our corporate social responsibility, we have embarked upon community outreach programmes in 2 communities of Kaura ward and Katsit ward in Zaria and Jema’a local government areas respectively. We have also anchored along with a non-governmental organization a “Rebuilding hope on wheels initiatives (RHOWI), a health talk for the spinal cord injury survivors.

The major challenge experienced in the year was in the delay and sometime non-funding of the hospital’s recurrent and capital projects. We hope to see improvement in this aspect in the in-coming year 2020.

Future Outlook: We have planned to continue with the accreditation drive of more departments in the hospital, most especially the surgical specialties of Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Radiology, and the Laboratory Medicine. Our gates will thus be opened wider for the in-coming resident doctors who are the trainees of these programmes in the year 2020.

Similarly, the following projects will be pursued vigorously in this in physical year, the upgrade and conversion of the former NITEL exchange building to a befitting Accident & Emergency (A&E) Department, and the equipping of the new intensive care unit (ICU)/theatre complex; we are also poised to contribute towards the fight against increasing maternal and neonatal/infant mortality indices in Kaduna state through the upgrade of facilities such as the expansion of Labour Ward, renovation and upgrade of the Obstetrics & Gynaecology Operating Theatre, commissioning of the special care baby unit (SCBU) for the out-born babies, and the commencement of the In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) services.

I wish to solicit for your total support, so that we will together take BDTH to the next level.

I wish you all a happy and prosperous new year!!!

Thank you,

Prof. A.M Tabari

Chief Medical Director

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