Sixty Eight Nigerian Army Reference Hospital commissions ICU. Critical healthcare services in Nigeria like other West African countries had been hampered by government apathy towards funding of hospitals capital and manpower flight overseas.
Recently, things are somewhat improving with the government’s willingness to invest more in healthcare, and clampdown on resource diversion in the country.
To save capital flight overseas and provide improved healthcare services, the 68 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, Yaba (NARHY), under the Command of Brig. Gen. CB Wanda, Consultant Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon last week, commissioned the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital during its annual medical lecture.
Speaking during the occasion, Wanda, said the new ICU is meant to serve both military and civilian patients of the hospital who were in need of critical care. According to him, the era of moving patients from 68 NARHY to other hospitals like Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) to obtain similar services was gone.
He also said that the 68 NARHY ICU was staffed by highly trained doctors and nurses who specialise in caring for critically ill-patients.
‘It is also distinguished from normal hospital wards by a higher staff-to-patient ratio and access to advanced medical resources and equipment that is not routinely available elsewhere,” he said, adding that, common conditions including, Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) trauma, multiple organ failure and sepsis can now be treated at 68 NARHY ICU.
He also explained that patients may be transferred directly to an ICU from an emergency department if required, or from a ward if they rapidly deteriorate, or immediately after surgery if the surgery is very invasive and the patient is at high risk of complications.
Highlights of the occasion were the lectures presented by the Corps Commander Medical, Maj. Gen. OA Ogunbiyi and the guest lecturer, Associate Professor of Anaesthesia, LUTH, Dr Ibironke Desalu.
Wanda who is the Commander of 68 NARHY further observed that the ICU was developed by the previous Commander, Maj. Gen. PAA Falola, Consultant, Ophthalmology and completed by him.
He encouraged those who have patients in need of intensive care to avail themselves of the opportunity presented by the new facility.
By Martins Ifijeh
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