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FEDERAL MEDICAL CENTRE, KATSINA, NIGERIA

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The Federal Medical Centre, Katsina

Federal Medical Centre, Katsina, was built by the State Government to serve as a Specialist Hospital. However, following the Federal Government's policy to establish a Tertiary Health Institution in each state, the State Government released the structure and vast land of 546.182 acres to the Federal Government for the purpose in 1996. Clinical activities started in 1998. The main functions of the Centre are medical care, training and research.

FMC Location

The Center is located at Murtala Muhammad Way, Jibia Bypass, Katsina, Nigeria. 

Fronth view of FMC Admin Building

The administrative staff of the FMC which includes the top management staff, the accounts department, audit department, maintenance department, registry, PRO and NHIS started movement into the new Admin Block on Monday, October 30 2006.

 10th Year Anniversary

By 29th October 2006, the Centre would be 10 years old. it is for this reason the the Management Board resolved to organise a befitting Ten Year Anniversary Celebration in November 2006. The detailed programme and date of the occasion will be communicated to you in due course.

The 10 Year ocassion would be used to commission some major developmental projects of the Centre such as the Administrative Block, Antenatal Clinic, Refurbished Labour Room and Special Care Baby Unit and other projects/programmes initiated by Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Philantropist Bodies and other individuals like you.

Provision of Medical Care

The Centre being a tertiary hospital will focus its attention towards the provision of specialized medical services and serve as a referral Centre for Katsina State.  To achieve this, we have the following goals/targets:

a)       Appropriate and adequate manpower:  All services rendered should be offered by appropriately trained staff in adequate number to ensure excellent services.  This will mean having specialists and sub-specialists in all areas covered.  Adequately qualified Nursing, Laboratory and supporting staff.

b)       Appropriate and adequate equipments:  While it is important to have sophisticated equipments, the Centre will utilize appropriate simple technology in its approach to treating cases expected in areas where sophisticated equipments are a most.  This is informed because of close proximity with 2 tertiary hospitals each which could be assessed within two hours.

c)       Physical Support services to ensure better management of patients.  These include:

i)        Adequate preparation of patients’ food either in our already existing canteen (which is not presently being used for that) or inviting a private firm to take over the kitchen or provide cooking area for patient relatives to do the cooking.

ii)       Laundry Services:  Are available in the Hospital.  This should ideally target both patients and patient relations.

iii)      Communication Services

iv)      Transport, etc.

When these are provided, its envisaged that all referral cases within the state could be handled in the hospital.

II       Training

          Involves training various cadres of medical staff as follows:

Doctors

Housemanship has been commenced with effect from July 2006; with only 12 positions.  Its our aim to achieve the capacity of training at least 24 – 32 House Officers within the next 5 years.

Residency

With adequate number of Consultants, residency programme in all clinical departments is possible with in the next 5 years.  Already the infrastructure and equipments is adequate enough for that.

Medical Students

Katsina State is among some of the younger states of the federation.   About a year ago (in 2005), a community university started its operation in the state.  The State government has also reached an advanced stage in the establishment of a state university.  With 2 universities, our hospital may likely be the most preferred for a teaching hospital of these universities; when the time comes.

Nursing

Already our hospital is a host to the students of Katsina school of Nursing and Midwifery for attachments.  In five years to come, we plan to establish the School of Nursing and Midwifery for the Hospital.  When established, it will train its students in General Nursing and other Post-Basic Nursing as the case may be in Midwifery, Accident & Emergency, Intensive Care, Paediatric Nursing etc.  This is most important especially that an insufficient number of these specialists are available.

Others

The hospital has accreditation to train Interns in Pharmacy (20 Nos.), Laboratory Science (25 Nos.) and Dental Technicians (4 Nos.).  This is estimated to double by the end of five years.  The Hospital has also concluded arrangements to establish a School of Dental Therapy.  With this, the Centre will be a Teaching Hospital for Dental Therapists – the first in ‘far North’.

Other schools of relevance to health proposed within this development plan include School of Medical Records and Physiotherapy.  The need for these schools is overwhelming (as most ‘record officers’ in the state/neighbouring states) are not trained and land/students are available.

Research

Research is still at its infancy in our Centre.  This is mainly due to inadequate staff and guidance to undertake such.  Both Retrospective and Prospective hospital based studies are possible in a very short time in view of ‘abundant’ data available.  Community based and multi-centred studies are also available with proper guidance.  Research will be enhanced with the commencement of residency and university education in the state.

 

Key Interventions/Activities/Initiatives/Programmes for achieving each Strategic Objective

Provision of Medical Care

This will be broadly divided into short and long term activities.

Short Term

Employment of skilled manpower (Consultants, Specialist Nurses, Laboaratory etc) annually until the optimal number is achieved.

Long Term

  • In-service training for the less skilled staff to conform with standard needed under this category, with effect from 2007
  • 5 Doctors would be sent for residency (one from each clinical department) for 4 years.  The aim is to get 4 – 5 Consultants/year with effect from 2012
  • Hardworking, capable and interested staff would be sponsored to study much needed areas such as Accident/Emergency, Intensive Care, Peri-operative, Anaesthesia and Paediatric Nursing, amongst other specialists.
  • Other areas (Laboratory, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Dental, X-ray) etc to be encouraged to continue training the staff.

The most important way of achieving this is by training and re-training of staff to meet up the challenges. 

For the other objectives, ones the manpower need is achieved, others are easily obtained, e.g. residency could only commence when there is adequate number of specialists to supervise the residents.  But for strategies involving schools, e.g. Nursing, Midwifery, Dental Technology etc.  These various schools with all relevant support services e.g. Hostels, Library, playgrounds have to be provided.  Al these depend on availability of manpower