Treat emergency cases within 24 hours, FG directs hospitals

In order  to ensure healthcare delivery to Nigerians, the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole has said directed that all accident and emergency cases should be treated within 24 hours in Lagos University Teaching Hospital ( LUTH).
(Second left) Prof. Innocent Ujah, the Director General of the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), Yaba, Lagos; Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Folorunso Adewole (Third left); Christopher Bode, Chief Medical Director (CMD), Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, Lagos State( Fourth left)  and others during a media briefing on Friday, at LUTH,  Idi-Araba, Lagos State

Addressing journalists at LUTH, the minister said that "the hospital should operate a system that will evacuate patients within 24 hours. Once first aid treatments have being given to a patient, the patient should be moved to the ward.
"If the emergency unit is congested, it will not be able to attend to emergency cases. The situation I saw this morning is not encouraging."
He said the Accident and Emergency unit which is the face of the hospital should be fully active adding that no one will get good credit if the emergency cases are not responded quickly.
The Minister also stated that "we cannot deny poor Nigerians medical care because they do not have the means. We are going to cater for the genuinely poor Nigerians until a form of health scheme is put in place to cater for the poor. We beg Nigerians not to deceive and ruin the system.
"This is so because about 60 per cent of Nigerians are poor and cannot afford medical care. We want to use the primary health cares to address this issue.
"The Federal government wants to reposition the health system, where 70 per cent of Nigerians will go to primary health care centres, 25 per cent can go to secondary health care centre and five percent can visit LUTH and other tertiary health care centres and by that way the system will work."
On the issue of Lassa Fever, Adewole said about 60 percent death have being recorded in Nigeria, stressing the need to improve on the laboratories in the country.
The minister however appreciated the Chief Medical Director, CMD, of LUTH for rehabilitating the water equipment plant that have been abandoned for over 25 year now.

He charged the media and Nigerians to fight for the health sector by calling for more funding into the sector.


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