Chief Medical Director, University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Professor B. Ekele says the desire of Management is to expand the current bed capacity of the hospital to four hundred and fifty. This, the Chief Medical Director said would, to an extent, address the ‘no bed space challenge’ and change the age-long narrative of the hospital being a three–hundred and fifty bed space to that of four hundred and fifty.

Professor Ekele stated this at an interactive session with representatives of unions and associations in the hospital. He said the steps being taken include the expansion and extension of the Accident and Emergency unit, construction of an isolation complex and a Ward for the Department of Mental Health. Professor Ekele said some of the structures would be ready for use before the end of the year while others would be ready in 2020.

Inseparate comments, representatives of the unions and associations commended the CMD for the vision. Unions and associations present at the interactive session include the Senior Staff Association, Medical and Dental Consultants’ Association, Association of Resident Doctors, Medical and Health Workers’ Union, Non- Academic Staff Union, National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives as well as Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals.

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