Kaduna residents lament, begs for intervention as FNPH lost 46 Capacity Female ward to Fire outbreak.
Usman Haruna Toma, Kaduna
Following the fire incident that recently razed down the 46 capacity bed female ward at Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital Barnawa Kaduna, some residents yesterday lamented the vacuum created in the female ward and calling on Governments of Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Jigawa, Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara Niger state and F.C.T, Abuja to intervene.
Speaking with newsmen yesterday in Barnawa, Hajiya Ramatu Bukar who said she was a one time patients and stayed in the female ward said ” This fire issue is a serious matter but because of elections no body is saying anything about it, some of us have benefited directly from Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital and we know they don’t have money to rebuild that ward. I call on all our politicians to take a look at the ward and do something. We can’t afford to neglect mental health in Northern Nigeria, you and I know the details. It will be another disaster”
Also Speaking Baba Sule Bulus of Television Garage opined that corporate bodies who are domicile in Kaduna State should not hesitate to support. According to him, “supporting the hospital at this time is the real Corporate Social Responsibility to the community.”
Some of the residents who confirmed they are ex-patients of the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital Barnawa but choose to speak on anonymity lamented that ” the funding of Mental Health Hospital is very poor and something need to be done to increase the budget level stressing that with the loss of the 46 bed capacity female ward, most patients will be left unattended to”
Recall that the unknown fire source incident occurred on Thursday the 23rd of February, 2023. The burnt forty-Six (46) bed capacity state of the art Female ward foundation stone was laid on Friday 30th September,2011 by his Excellency Late Sir Patrick Yakowa (CON), former Executive Governor of Kaduna State and Later commissioned by Dr Muhammad Ali Pate, the then Honorable Minister of State for Health, Federal Republic of Nigeria on 26th Day of April, 2012.
The edifice consists of Fully Furnished Air-Conditioned 2-Wing Wards, Seminar Room, Common Room, Fully stocked Pharmacy Room and Furnished Offices.
Others are a consulting room, Store, fully furnished in-built amenity, well equipped nursing station, customized bed sheets, Television sets, branded blankets and pillows, fire extinguishers, mattresses, beds and purpose-built locker/cabinets.