Yola – The Federal Medical Centre, Yola, has set up Paupers Fund to cater for poor patients in need of medical attention in the hospital.
The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Prof. Auwal Abubakar, said at the inauguration in Yola on Friday that it would also cater for emergency patients.
Abubakar noted that there were patients on admission who could not settle their medical bills as well as those waiting to be admitted under emergency due to accidents.
Abubakar said somebody could be rich enough but could not pay before service based on the condition under which he/she was brought to the hospital.
He gave instance of accident victim who is not stable. “Such a person should first be attended to in order to save life by using the fund to settle the medical bills before asking for refund later.
“As for patients that are poor, the Hospital Welfare Committee would be involved to ascertain their statuses so that their bills would be settled by the committee.’’
He said the hospital had been assisting such patients but had to constitute the committee due to limited resources.
“It is made up of respected people to help mobilise, contribute to and run the fund.
The chief medical director urged members of the committee to use their influence in the struggle to upgrade the centre into a teaching hospital.
“This is to enable it to cater for the growing need of the people of Adamawa and neighboring states.’’
Chairman, Committee of the Paupers Fund, Alhaji Sulaiman Abdullahi, thanked the management of the hospital for the confidence reposed in them and promised that they would deliver as charged.
Abdullahi lauded the hospital for the vital role it had been playing in healthcare delivery in the state particularly with regards to the current security challenge which has forced many hospitals to shut down. (NAN)