No fewer than 276 child births were recorded at the Nyanya General Hospital in March 2012.
This is just as the hospital continues to grapple with the challenge of inadequate spacing, infrastructure and medical personnel.
The chief medical director of the hospital, Dr. Frank Idegwu, disclosed this during a tour of the hospital, recently.
He disclosed that apart from the high number of births recorded, the hospital, which is the only FCT owned secondary health care facility in the axis, also received an average of 150 to 200 out patients for immunisation and 80 to 100 pregnant women for antenatal clinic, daily.
Speaking on challenges before the hospital, he cited poor power supply as one of them, saying the hospital was run on generator most of the time, a situation that was taking a toll on its resources.
While inspecting the newly constructed one storey building expansion for the hospital, he disclosed that with the expansion, the hospital would now have a total of 85 bed spaces from an earlier 45.
According to him, the hospital which does not have a male ward would now have one as the paediatrics ward would be moved into the new building, making room for the male ward.
During the tour, it was also discovered that the antenatal clinic had only six nurses, while the neonatal department, which requires about 13 doctors and at least five nurses per a shift had only seven doctors, with an average of one nurse per shift, just as the theatre department was also suffering a dearth of anesthetics.
The medical director expressed happiness at the prospect of moving into the new expansion, saying it would reduce stress of health personnel, make for patient privacy in doctors’ consulting rooms, reduce patient waiting time and generally improve quality health care delivery.
While responding to the challenges raised, the Secretary, FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat, Dr. Demola Onakomaiya, assured of the administration’s commitment to resolving the issues.
He noted that it was in recognition of the space constraints in the hospital that the administration had approved for the expansion, saying such gestures would be extended to other hospitals facing similar challenges.