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The ENT department of the Federal Medical Centre Abuja joined the globe to mark her maiden edition of the world hearing week with series of activities which runs from 28th February to 4th March 2022. The theme for the week is “to hear for life, listen with care.”

In her welcome address the Head of ENT Department Dr. Uche Ukwuije highlighted key points as regards safe listening.
According to her; it is very possible to have good hearing across life’s course through ear and hearing care.

Also safe listening can mitigate the risk of hearing loss associated with recreational sound exposure.
As she appreciated all the invited guest.

The Medical Director Prof Saad Ahmed in his welcome remark called for all hands on deck to curb the problem of ear loss.

According to him, the theme of this year’s event simply point out the need to take good care of our ears.

He also appreciate the effort of ENT department that though still very young but they are performing well.

In the same vein the Boards Chairman of the hospital Dr Alex Tosan Ideh in his remark stressed the need that sense of hearing is a key aspect of functioning at all stages of life and should be given adequate attention.

In his remarks, the special guest of  honour, the Distinguished Senator of Federal Republic of Nigerian Dr Ibrahim Yahaya Oloriegbe, Chairman Senate Committee stressed the important role policy makers in country should focus on regarding care of the ear and listening attitudes.

He noted that collective effort to add value to world hearing day should be the priority of everyone in the society. According to him, it is important for everyone to have full access to fundamental right to hearing regardless of societal class.

The Senator further disclosed that some illnesses can be attributed to lack of proper care and poor life style living as the case may be with hearing.
That the increasing rate of ear loss is due to some acts people involve in.
Senator Ibrahim in his word said advocacy is very important as part of policy making considerations to address hearing loss in the society.
Also there is need for fund increase by the Government to curb effective ear loss.

He further disclosed that the bill for health insurance that will address mandatory insurance coverage for all citizens of the Nigeria has been passed, waiting for final stage of been implemented.

In his final words the Distinguished Senator pointed out that the government is committed to work with stakeholders in the health sector to improve health service delivery in Nigeria.

He called for more collaboration to change the narrative for better ear and hearing health.

In the goodwill message by representative of WHO, Dr. Elayas Danbosa; Adequate data collation​ convince donors for fund intervention is very vital in the fight against ear loss.
He also called on the government to create enough awareness on hearing loss.
In an affirmative statement, Dr. Elayas revealed that WHO is committed to Nigeria government with support in it’s effort towards eradicating ear loss to the minimum.

The World Hearing Day in FMC Abuja was concluded on a good note with photo section.

Written: Kayode Olomofe Chris (FMCabuja PRO)


In the event of the expansion and equipping of the hospital Intensive Care Unit (ICU), the Minister of (State) Health, Dr Adeleke Olorunnimbe Mamora paid the Federal Medical Centre, Abuja a courtesy visit today, 28th February 2022 to felicitate with the Centre on her recent milestone – the OPEN HEART SURGERY. He was received by the Board Chairman, Dr Alex Tosan, the Medical Director , Prof Saad Ahmed, Board members, and the Top management committee members.

The visit became necessary because the hospital recently recorded her first four successful Open-Heart Surgeries, more so with a medical team of Nigerians led by Dr Onyekwelu Nzewi.

The Medical Director, in his remarks, thanked the Federal government for the support shown through the Ministry of Health on the Open-Heart Surgery project with infrastructure, equipment and training, owing to the delicacy involved in the procedure.

He also thanked the Minister of (State) Health for deeming it fit to visit the Centre and to identify with the milestone achieved. He stated that the hospital will engage her staff in training to domesticate Open-Heart Surgery and make it a routine procedure.

The Medical Director said that the Centre has set up the Medical Indigent Fund as part of her effort to reduce the cost while appealing to philanthropists and corporate organisations to support the project to subsidise the cost of carrying out the procedure.

The hospital Board Chairman, commended the Medical Director and the members of staff for the synergy brought to the fore in ensuring the success recorded so far, adding that the FMC Abuja did not make a bad decision when it decided to hire Prof. Saad Ahmed to herald the leadership of the Centre.

He further thanked the team from Save-a-Heart Foundation for the support.

The Minister of (State) Health expressed satisfaction on the success of the Open-Heart Surgeries already done in which patients were already up and doing only 48hrs after the surgeries were carried out.

He thanked the management and staff of the hospital for the laudable achievement while reiterating that President Buhari’s administration is committed to improving access to quality and affordable healthcare.

He further visited the ICU to interact with the patients and also inspect other equipment; the laser surgery machine, heart-lung machine among others.

Congratulations to the staff and management of FMC Abuja under the able leadership of Prof. Saad Ahmed for the giant strides.

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It was a joyful moment today, 17th February 2022 in honor and recognition of the giant strides achievements of Prof. Saad Ahmed as he marks two years in office as the Medical Director of the Federal Medical Centre, Abuja.

The event was graced by the Top Management committee, the Head of Departments/Units and other members of staff.

In his welcome address, the Medical Director, Prof. Saad Ahmed, appreciated the organizers of the event for efforts put together to achieve this eventful appraisal. He also thanked the Federal Government for the privilege given to him to serve in this capacity. He revealed that the secret of his achievements centres on the unity of staff and efficient service delivery. Also the act of funds raising from philanthropist for the extension of some projects in the hospital has been of tremendous help.

He outlines his achievements in the area of infrastructures which include construction of the Administrative block, Clinical Services Complex, Ward extention block.

The Medical Director spoke on the development of new land space for the hospital which the Minister of FCT has promised to look.

He also sought continuous support from the Top Management and staff, stating that new ideas are welcome.

Highlight of the event was the presentation of awards to most outstanding staff from all units and departments. The Head of Internal Medicine, Dr. Biodun Olugbenga received a special award from the ELBE Pharma Nig. Ltd as best researcher in FMC, Abuja.
Another interesting part of the event was the unveiling of the Special edition of FMC Abuja news magazine which was reviewed by Dr. Bioku Muftarh and the official presentation was done by Dr. Mohammed Kawu.

The Head of Oncology Unit, Dr. Tessy Ahmadu, in her goodwill message described Prof. Saad Ahmed as a support giver which is visible in his style of leadership as the Medical Director. She further described him as a leader that believes in team work which has been the bedrock of his success stories recorded in the past two years.

In the same vein, Mrs Nehemiah Folashade also appraised Prof. Saad Ahmed as been the first leader in the years of FMC Abuja that set up a planning committee for effective service and infrastructural development in the hospital.

Dr. Timothy Samaila, a friend to the MD described Prof. Saad Ahmed as a medical luminary, visionary leader, and a good administrator. He further pulled the string of appraisal by calling him a true representative leader who hit the ground running when it comes to effective leadership by identifying the works of his predecessor and built on them.

According to him, the MD has opened a frontier in the management of patients treatment in FMC Abuja. He is an academician, research oriented, robust service delivery and support for the staff in various trainings.

In his final words, Dr Timothy made an established statement that FMC Abuja is capable of delivering health care services achieved in any developed country.

The event was concluded with group photography with the Medical Director Prof. Saad Ahmed.

On behalf of staff and management of FMC Abuja, congratulations to the Medical Director on his 2nd year anniversary in office.


Earlier today The Federal Medical Centre Abuja held her SERVICOM Inauguration and launching of the 1st edition of Service Charter.
The main aim of the event was to proffer better ways in improving effective service delivery among the staff and the management of the hospital to the public.
The Keynote speaker of the event Mrs. Nnenna Akajiemel the National Coordinator/CEO, SERVICOM Presidency expressed great joy with what the management of the Hospital has put in place in terms of service delivery. She applauds the innovative idea of Prof Saad Ahmed towards the realization of the Service Charter for the Hospital.
Mrs. Nnenna appreciates immensely the leadership of The Medical Director FMC Abuja Prof. Saad Ahmed with the quality of service delivery in the Hospital down to proper cleanliness within and around the Hospital environment compared to other FMCs.
She urged the management to push further the service delivery for the Hospital to become a world class institution through giving more attention to patient, satisfaction as the focus point.
According to her, the Service Charter will assist FMC Abuja to be more effective in satisfying the patients. She urged the management to see the patients as Kings because they serve as key players in the existence and growth of the Hospital.
In the remarks of the Medical Director Prof. Saad Ahmed, he appreciates the immense support he is enjoying from the staff toward achieving his primary objectives of gearing FMC Abuja into a world class Hospital. Stating that the support has taken the hospital to the level it is now.
Highlights of the event includes welcome address by the Chief Host, Prof. Saad Ahmed (Medical Director FMC Abuja), Opening Remark by the Nodal Officer, SERVICOM FMC Abuja Dr. Omage C.S, Keynote address by National Coordinator/CEO, SERVICOM Presidency, Mrs Nnenna Akajiemeli and a brief remarks by the Director, Reforms Coordinator and Service Improvement (Federal Ministry of Health) U.B Saad represented by Mr Chimaze Okore.
And lunching of the 1st Edition of the Service Charter Federal Medical Centre Abuja, also presentation of awards.
The event also had three lecture sessions delivered by Mrs. Ternege Nypira who spoke on Customer Care and Staff Attitude, while Mrs. Jummai Abdullahi talked on Stakeholders Management and Mrs Nnenna Akajiemeli gave lecture on Leaving a Legacy.




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