DR. ABDULLAHI IBRAHIM
MEDICAL DIRECTOR, FMC AZARE
The Federal Government approved the appointment of Dr. Abdullahi Ibrahim, FMCP as the substantive Medical Director of FMC Azare on 2nd April 2014. This appointment was conveyed in a letter signed by the former Minister of State for Health, Dr. Khaliru Alhassan, which stipulated the tenure/term of four (4) years in the first instance with effect from the date of appointment.
Dr. Abdullahi Ibrahim Started his educational career at Chiranchi Primary School, Bichi from 1977 to 1983. He then wnet to Government Secondary School Bichi between 1983 to 1986 for a Junior Secondary Certificate. There after, he attended Science Secondary school Dawakin Tofa from 1986 to 1989 for a Senior Secondary Certificate.
He gained admission to the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and obtained his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) in the year 1998. He begged the Fellowship of the National Postgraduate Medical Collage of Nigeria, Faculty of Internal Medicine (Neurology) at University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital in 2008. He is currently a Senior Consultant Physician Neurologist.
ACHIEVEMENTS AS MEDICAL DIRECTOR:
In his effort to apply the best of his ability to reposition and improve the performance of this institution, the Medical Director was able to record numerous achievements:
- Service Delivery:
- The Management, under his leadership has improved the various services rendered to the centre's clients. According to SERVICOM has been upgraded and empowered to monitor all the service points to ensure that patients are served right. to deen Federal Medical Centre, Azare is the first among equals to publish its Service Charter and keep clients informed about the services rendered and what is expected from the customers/clients
- Infrastructural Development:
- In the area of infrastructure development, the Medical Director, har done excellent job by ensuring that the Centre’s New Radiology Complex was renovated to accommodate the newly acquired medical equipment befitting modern times.
In addition to the numerous projects, the Central Bank of Nigeria has intervened by constructing the Ophthalmology and Laboratory complexes which are expected to be mode operational at the end of 2016. It is first of its kind in this part of the country and it is expected to cost hundreds of millions in Naira. When completed it would serve as a robust Eye Centre at the Permanent site (BAMAKO).
Other major projects include the completion of a New One Storey building which will serve as Transt camp for Doctors. Work is also in progress at the new Trauma Complex and there was the complete renovation of Environmental Health Unit. All these add value to the Centre because without them health care provision would be affected negatively.
- Major Renovations
- Even a visitor to the Centre will appreciate the fact that most of the Departments/Units have undergone facelift as they are now looking new and beautiful.
- Provision of Hospital Equipment:
- The supply and installation of 16 Slice Computer Tomography Scan (CT-Scan) in the Centre’s Radiology Complex is a plus to healthcare delivery in the whole of North Eastern Nigeria. Also, the supply and installation of 4D Ultra Sound Machine and that of Digital X-Ray machine will enhance healthcare provision in the Centre. The Supply of Beds and cots for the New Paediatric Complex is yet another land mark achievement of the current administration. Almost all Departments and Units of the Centre have been provided with equipment under the leadership of the current Medical Director.
- Human Resource Development:
- A significant number of staff were sponsored for either long or short term courses during the period under review. In his bid to ensure best practice in terms of Healthcare is achieved, Dr. Abdullahi Ibrahim ensured that staff were sent for training and retraining in order to refresh and update their knowledge for better output.
In the past two (2) years, the Medical Director, Dr. Abdullahi Ibrahim, has done a lot to maintain industrial harmony. His open door policy to the leadership of various Workers, Unions in the Centre through regular interaction has led to a continuous industrial harmony with attendant positive consequences of unhindered healthcare delivery in the Centre.
Recently, sporting facilities were purchased in order to encourage staff to partake in different games such as football, volley ball, badminton, table tennis, snooker etc.
Relationship with the Host Community
In order to strengthen the existing good relationship between the Centre and the host community, Hospital Committee League of Friends and Conflict Resolution were reconstituted thereby involving well meaning individuals and holders of various traditional title to be mediating, in any case of complaints by a group or individual, so that lasting solutions would be provided to such cases.
Although there were achievements in the past two (2) years, there were also constraints which militated against the smooth operation of healthcare delivery in the Centre as follows:Funding Paucity of fund to finance some important activities in the Centre was recorded due to global economic predicaments which affected many countries including Nigeria. The demand on the Federal Government was overbearing in the last two years and that has negatively affected healthcare at all levels. In addition, the 2016 budget which was approved by the National Assembly has also delayed the execution of important projects, but it is hoped that with the passage of the appropriation bill, funding will soon improve. Insecurity
In the last two (2) years, the North East was bedeviled by insecurity due to insurgency and has affected healthcare delivery in a number of ways. Many staff left the Centre due to fear of the insecurity and the manpower in the Centre became lean where enormous tasks were undertaken by few available hands. Thank God the situation has improved and the Centre is now regaining its strength in terms of manpower .
The Medical Director, has great plans in accordance with the mission and vision of the Centre and wishes to accomplish them in the near future. These include among others things: - Completion and equipping of the Trauma Complex constration of Road network and landscaping, Electrification of the Permanent site (Bamako) Provision of Central Sewerage Complete renovation of Specialty Clinics, Construction and equipping of Surgery Theatre and Central Sterilizing Unit.
Membership of Professional Bodies:
Dr Abdullahi is a member of numerous National and International Professional organizations including the American Academy of Neurology, European Neurological Society and World Stroke Organization to mention a few. Dr Abdullahi started his professional career as a National Youth Services/NYSC Corp Doctor at Federal Medical Centre, Azare, in (August 2000) and rose to the rank of Senior Consultant Neurologist.