By Sola Ogundipe
APPARENTLY worried by the rising incidence of chronic ailments in the country, coupled with the increasing need for continuous improvement in clinical training and specialised care, management of Lagoon Hospitals, Apapa, Lagos, recently commissioned its new treatment wingÂ housing a six-bed Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and High Dependency Unit (HDU) in line with its quest to benchmark its services against the best global standards.
The unit complete with specially trained staff and life support equipment, is designed to look after patients with severe injuries, serious illnesses, organ failures of various types and other life-threatening conditions which would have necessitated overseas medical attention.
Dr. Kunle Onakoya, Group Medical Director of the hospital, said Lagoon Hospitals was founded in 1986 as a multi specialty hospital, has in the past 23 years strived towards benchmarking its services against the best global standards.
â€œWe have also assembled a team of highly trained health care professionals which include arguably, the largest number of specialist consultants working full time in any private hospital in Nigeria.â€
He said the hospitalâ€™s quest for excellence is borne out of the realisation that providing services along the entire spectrum of care and in particular at the tertiary level, requires a continuous process of improvement, training and upgrade.
The commissioning follows theÂ opening of the Critical Care Unit (CCU), the Computer Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) suites. The CT scanner was further upgraded to a 6-slice spiral machine which is able to do three-Dimensional reconstructions, CT colonscopy (virtual study of the colon) and CT angiography.
He said the new machine is better able to support the Emergency Room staff in making fast and accurate diagnoses in emergencies. He further stated that the hospital has made recent advances in the area of paediatric care particularly in areas of prematures and very ill infants.
A neonatal ventilator, one of the few in the country, has recently been added to the unit to support the care of these very tiny and often very ill babies. This is in addition to an incubator as well as other such standard equipments in a special care baby unit. The unit now routinely looks after premature babies that are born at less than 1kg weight.
Lagoon Hospitals Group, founded in 1986 as a multispecialty hospital, has its flagship hospital at Apapa with branches at Ikeja and Victoria Island, all in Lagos.