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FG urged to establish orthopaedic hospitals in all the 36 states

By Chioma Obinna

Federal Government has been urged to establish at least, one National Orthopaedic Hospital in each State of the Federation with a view to reducing the growing incidence of orthopaedic trauma in the country just as  the
Lagos Government is set to establish a centre specifically for orthopaedic and neurology problems.

Speaking during the 32nd Annual General Meeting & Scientific Conference of the Nigerian Orthopaedic Association of Nigeria with the theme : “Orthopaedic Trauma” and sub theme “Emergency Medical Services”, President of the
Association, Dr. Bob Yellowe said  with undisciplined drivers operating on the roads and the advent of Okada riders, three national orthopaedic hospitals were inadequate.

 Nigerian Orthopaedic Association held its 32nd Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference last week in Lagos. Pix shows Dr. Bob Yellowe, President, Nigeria Orthopaedic Association; Professor John  Obafunwa, Provost, Lagos State University College of Medicine and Dr. Jide Idris, Hon. Commissioner for Health at the conference.
Nigerian Orthopaedic Association held its 32nd Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference last week in Lagos. From left: Dr. Bob Yellowe, President, Nigeria Orthopaedic Association; Professor John Obafunwa, Provost, Lagos State University College of Medicine and Dr. Jide Idris, Hon. Commissioner for Health at the conference.

Lamenting the sharp rise in orthopaedic trauma, Yellowe   said the conference theme was carefully chosen to address the rising waves of trauma and medical emergencies in the country, hinting that the association is collaborating with an emergency organisation, Advance Promo Life Support to train six of their members on trauma and medical emergency services.

“What we saw in Dubai, will certainly improve trauma care once the principles are replicated into the care in our various hospitals”

He urged management of hospitals across the nation to send their doctors for training on trauma care so as to share the knowledge the members gained from Dubai.

State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, speaking on behalf of Governor Babatunde Fashola, said records show that trauma constitutes 90 per cent of cases transported by the State ambulance service and 80 per cent of surgical emergencies  in  Lagos. He  regretted that many of the injuries are preventable through enforcement of safety measures such as wearing of seat belts and crash helmets.

Fashola disclosed that orthopaedic services in the state have attained a prime position in the forefront of clinical services in the last decade.


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