…Targets 500 Bed Medical Facility
The determination of the Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu administration to provide first-class health facilities for the people of Ondo State has taken another giant leap with the commencement of the construction of a modern world-class teaching hospital at the former State hospital in Akure, the state capital.
Already, the Critical Care Unit complex has been constructed and will be used as the temporary Accident and Emergency ward to allow for the demolition and construction of a two-storey complex at the current A & E building.
Similarly, a new building has been constructed for the Children Emergency ward, which was never in existence since the establishment of the hospital.
The Akeredolu administration has also began the reconstruction of a 16-year old abandoned structure at the hospital, which is projected to be used for surgical outpatience and stroke ward.
Addressing Journalists after inspecting the ongoing construction at the facility, Governor Akeredolu said his administration is upgrading the health facility from a 150-bed to a 300-bed hospital.
Arakunrin Akeredolu also hinted that he has given a directive that houses very close to the hospital should be valued, as his administration is ready to acquire the buildings and compensate the owners.
He said apart from the fact that it is very dangerous living very close to a hospital, the acquisition will enable government to expand the facility and build a modern world-class Teaching hospital.
Akeredolu said:”All of us have toured this facility and I’m sure you remember what we met on ground here . Since we came on board ,things have changed here including the road network and a number of buildings here have been renovated, but we have just started
“The important thing is that we are building a new medical ward, a two-storey building and it will be so big. Very soon, by next month the frontage will go down and it will allow for a modern medical world-class facility here.
“It is taking us a lot to arrive at making this place a world-class teaching hospital . We know that the University of Medical Sciences needed to have a befitting hospital . Instead of building new ones or concentrating in one area, we decided to have a multi-sector hospital.
“This place used to be a 150-bed hospital and it will be 300-bed when we complete it.
“I have looked at the buildings that are too close to the hospital and I have asked that they should be valued so that we can acquire them and compensate the owners .
”Our target is to have a 500-bed teaching hospital . A number of buildings around will have to go and we will pay compensation and expand the hospital to make it big.”
Olabode R Olatunde
Special Assistant to the Governor (New Media)
10th September , 2019
The workers of Abia state Hospitals Management Board (HMB), a parastal under the state’s ministry of health, Umuahia on Monday protested the backlog of salaries numbering about 11 months owed them.
Some of the protesting workers alleged that the government stopped paying them since the month of May, 2016 for undisclosed reason.
The protesters barricaded the busy Aba road, close to the government house, carrying various placards with different inscriptions. The protest caused very slow movement of traffic in the capital city.
Comrade Ejike Patric O. the medical and health workers chairman, of HMB revealed to ABN TV the reason of the protest.
“As you can see from our placards that we have not been paid for barely eleven months, by the end of this September it will be one year. We receive our last salary in September 2018.” Comrade Ejike said.
There is no need travelling to India, Dubai, the UK and the USA for kidney transplant anymore as there are now government owned kidney transplant centres spread across Nigeria with competent manpower and up-to-date facilities. Morever, why travel abroad when you can get a renal transplant done here at a cheaper rate with good outcome plus support from family and friends?
Below are are list of government own kidney transplant centres in Nigeria:
1. LAGOS STATE UNIVERSITY TEACHING HOSPITAL (LASUTH)
Had performed a total of 5 kidney transplant so far. Had a second successful transplant on a 41-year-old policeman in 2016. The donor was his 42 year old brother. Both the recipient and the donor survived the surgery.
Cost: Announcing the surgery to newsmen, chief Medical Director of the hospital said the kidney transplant cost 4.5 million Naira.
2. Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia
Reputed to have performed the first kidney transplant in South-Eastern Nigeria.The first patient to receive a new kidney was a 37-year-old businessman, Mr. Oji Ogbonanya Ule, who had been battling with kidney problem for four years. His new kidney was donated by his 58-year-old uncle who is a civil servant.
Cost: They reportedly paid #5.5 million Naira for this procedure.
3. Lagos University Teaching Hospital
In 2011, a thirty eight-year-old woman was the recipient of the first successful kidney transplantation surgery at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital. Since then, they have carried out series of successful renal transplant.
Cost of renal transplant in LUTH is #8 million Naira.
4. University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital
Nigeria’s first kidney transplant was conducted on 31-year-old Suleiman Usman in Sept. 2010 by the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH), in collaboration with the Bayero University Teaching Hospital, Kano and the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.
The kidney was donated by his brother, Abubakar Usman at the university Kidney Centre.
Cost: #5 million.
5. Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital
Has performed the highest number of kidney transplants in Nigeria. The OAUTH, Ile-Ife, was the first teaching hospital in Nigeria to carry out an indigenous kidney transplant in June, 2002.According to the Chief Medical Director, the hospital has performed a total of 15 kidney transplants and over 70 open heart surgeries with no complications. They recently acquired modern facilities to enhance patient care.
Cost: With 6.5 million Naira, you can have a successful renal transplant in OAUTH.
6. Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital
The most successful of the government owned kidney transplant centres in Nigeria with 19 recorded successful transplants.
Cost of renal transplant Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital is 5.5 million including drugs.
7. Delta University Teaching Hospital (DELSUTH)
It was reported on Premium Times that DELSUTH performed their first successful kidney transplant in 2014. However, they have not been consistent with the renal transplant programme as there have been an interlude of 5 years now. Anyway, dialysis in this centre is highly subsidized by the state government for indigenes.
DELSUTH conducted their first renal transplant for #6 million Naira.
8. University College Hospital, Ibadan
University College Hospital is one of the oldest kidney transplant centres in Nigeria. Had their first successful renal transplant in 2008 and have been consistent ever since averaging about 5 transplants every year.
Cost of renal transplant in UCH is #7.5 million Naira plus drugs.
9. University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu
Located in Nssuka, Enugu. The University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH) performed their first successful kidney transplant in 2018 and has been consistent ever since.
The cost of renal transplant in UNTH is #3.5 million Naira including 6 months immunosuppressive drugs.
10. Uthman Danfodio University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto
Had plans underway to perform their first renal transplant in 2016 but has not really kicked started. The plans are still underway.
We need more kidney transplant centres in Nigeria to cater for the health of teeming Nigerians with kidney diseases.
The strike action embarked on by Association of Resident Doctors, Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Yaba Lagos has entered its fourth week.
The doctors, who began the action on July 31, are protesting what they called “severe lack of doctors to provide seamless delivery of mental health services
The association’s Executive Committee reviewed the action on August 19 following key stakeholders’ intervention.
After deliberations, the resident doctors, in a statement on Wednesday, resolved to continue with the strike.
They are demanding “standard mental health care for our clients and quality work experience for our overworked doctors”.
They vowed the strike would continue “until such a time the hospital management deems it fit to meet our singular demand”.
The statement reads: “The hospital management is insensitive to the plight of over 535 in-patients and 220 outpatients daily who now receive suboptimal, if not pernicious, mental health service in the 20 days that this industrial action has been allowed to fester without goal-directed interventions
“The hospital management has blatantly refused to replace the annual exit of resident doctors for the past four years.
“Instead, they have let patient load and clinical work increase significantly for hapless resident doctors whose health and academic pursuits have suffered irreparably.
“In light of the above, the hospital management’s insistence on employing only five locum doctors is highly provocative of our demands.
“It hardly improves the status quo which already puts overworked resident doctors at the brink of academic failure, health challenges and malpractice suits.”
Vowing to continue with the strike until their demand is met, they urged President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene.
“To this end, we call on Nigerian citizens and the Presidency under the leadership of President Buhari to prevail on the hospital management to do the needful in line with the Next Level Agenda of this administration,” the statemen services.”