Naval Boost to Health Services
Chiemelie Ezeobi reports that given the continuing shortage of functioning health centres, the recent upgrade and expansion of the Nigerian Navy Medical Station at Okokomaiko with the support of the Naval Officers Wives Association, is a blow thumbs up for health care, especially for staff and the host community
When the Nigerian Navy built an infirmary at Okokomaiko in Lagos, its main mandate was to ensure that the healthcare needs of personnel and their families were properly taken care of.
Under the current Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Admiral Awwal Gambo, this has evolved into an expansion of the goal of providing the best possible health services in the country and beyond.
Recently, the infirmary has received a boost with the renovation of the building including the officers’ department, the children’s department and the extension of the maternity ward and who is better placed to command it than the National President of the Association wives of Navy Officers (NOWA), Hajiya Aisha Nana Gambo.
In his welcoming remarks, the Commandant of the Nigerian Navy Referral Hospital, Ojo, Surgeon Captain Shehu Mohammed, said the complex comprises the officers’ ward, children’s ward and a maternity ward.
He said, “In a bid to provide medical services to personnel, the Nigerian Navy has constructed several medical facilities in different locations across the country. But, as the service continues to grow, the need for more social amenities and upgrading of some medical facilities also persists.
“Therefore, efforts are constantly being made to meet this demand within the limits of available resources. It should be noted that the Association of Wives of Naval Officers has helped in this regard by constantly donating medical equipment to achieve the set goals.
“This Nigerian Navy Okokomaiko Sick Bay project is a project that was conceived two years ago. This was aimed at modernizing the infirmary and expanding its services to NN personnel in Okokomaiko and surrounding areas. The actualization of this project was done with the help of the Association of the wives of naval officers thanks to the donation of certain medical equipment.
It should be noted that the building has recently been assigned to the infirmary by NNS WEY and has been remodeled to accommodate the operations of the Officers Service, Children’s Service and Maternity Service. I am therefore very happy to announce that this journey of more than two years is finally coming to an end, with the project finished and ready.
“It is hoped that the commissioning of this project at Nigerian Navy Medical Station Okokomaiko will further enhance the provision of medical services to Nigerian Navy personnel in particular and Nigerian citizens in general.”
In his opening address, Western Naval Command (WNC), Flag Officer Command (FOC), Rear Admiral Yakubu Wambai, who swore that “our doors are always open; I assure you that your complaints and suggestions will be taken seriously,” said although “our dream and desire to provide the best possible healthcare services at home and abroad seems like a big dream, considering challenges the infirmary faces in terms of manpower, equipment and resources, but with God, anything is achievable.
“We know that naval authorities cannot do or provide everything based on current realities on the ground, therefore the hospital benefits greatly from the generous donations of well-meaning groups and individuals who are eager to reach its goal. goal. One group that has consistently shown that they mean well for NN medical facilities and want them to be better than they are by contributing their quota is the Navy Officers Wives Association.
It should be recalled that the President Naval Officers’ Wives Association visited the infirmary in 2021 for its familiarization tour. During the tour, she promised to donate some medical equipment needed for an upgrade of NNSB Okokomaiko. This was intended to improve the quality of care provided in the infirmary.
“With this in mind, the President of NOWA graciously donated four beds/mattresses, four bedside lockers, two patient monitors, a resuscitator, two bedside refrigerators and two color televisions to the infirmary on April 22. These equipments have The building was also renovated and remodeled to accommodate the operations of the officers’ department, children’s department and a maternity extension.
“I am therefore bold to state that this further speaks to the determination of the Women Naval Officers Association to continuously improve the health care needs of the personnel and family of the Nigerian Navy. For that, we are truly grateful.
“We know that we can always count on your support and your contributions to make this infirmary the infirmary of our dreams. I would also like to take this opportunity to ask you to help us improve the infirmary in the delivery of services as the new equipment becomes fully operational by informing us of any shortcomings you notice or ways that we can improve certain things. .
In his closing remarks, Hajiya Gambo said that given the ongoing shortage of operational health centers in Nigeria, the expansion is an important step not only for the Nigerian Navy, but for the nation at large.
She said: “Being healthy is one of the basic necessities of human existence. The great Mahatma Gandhi once said “Health is real wealth not gold and silver coins”.
“Without good health, the Nigerian Navy would not be able to act on the mandate. Which is to protect the territorial integrity of Nigeria. Hence the commitment to provide better health care to its staff by building hospitals and infirmaries.
“As a cleaner and mother, I identify with this maxim. Mindful of this fact, I commend the efforts of the Nigerian Navy in providing adequate and appropriate medical facilities for Navy families and members of the immediate communities.
“I observe with deep satisfaction that despite competing demands on limited resources, the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo (Admiralty Medal), my husband who m “has always been supportive, has made concrete efforts to meet the medical challenges of the service. What we are witnessing today is a reflection of these efforts.
“So it’s a privilege for me to have ordered these services. It is expected that this step will further address the medical deficiencies encountered in the Nigerian Navy barracks.
“I want to take this opportunity to salute the efforts of the Senior Officer Commanding Western Naval Command (Rear Admiral YB Wambai) and all the personnel who directly or indirectly contributed to the realization of this project.
“Furthermore, I wish to implore those responsible for the maintenance and administration of this facility, to ensure that this facility is used wisely and efficiently to fulfill its purpose without bias or favouritism.”