The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH), Zaria, Professor Ahmed Umdagas Hamidu, yesterday said his team is working hard to restore the glory of the hospital through computerization of its services.
Professor Hamidu said the step would guarantee efficiency and significantly reduce the challenges faced by both in and out patients.
He explained that the computerisation work has reached advanced stage, assuring that in the next few months the hospital would change for the better.
“When you come into the ABU Teaching hospital, you don’t have to start working with cards; you don’t have to use cash for payment. A patient has options of using ATM machines or make transfers. Already, we have deployed Electronic Medical Records (EMR), which are being put in place right now.
“Whenever a patient comes in, he goes to the EMR section, then his data will be taken and appointment will be given for him to see a doctor without any stress,” he added.
The CMD explained that the hospital’s Radiology Department’s scanning machine has no comparison in the state, adding that soon the machine would be operational and patients would no longer have to travel to other parts of the service.
He said the challenges facing the hospital are being addressed gradually, especially the issue of security, malfunctioning theatres, unhygienic environment and welfare of staff.
During a recent visit by President Muhammadu Buhari to Zaria, the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, had appealed to the President to save the hospital from collapse.