By Anayo Okoli
Umuahiaâ€”ABIA state branch of Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has decried the deteriorating state of equipment in hospitals in the country and expressed doubts on the possibility of saving lives in such a situation.
Prof Joshua Ogbonnaya raise the alarm in his lecture entitled, â€œSave lives, Make Hospitals Safe in Emergenciesâ€, delivered at the opening ceremony of 2009 physicians Week, organised by the Abia state chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA).
According to him, â€œthe situation is so bad that none of the hospitals, including tertiary health institutions like the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia and the Abia State University Teaching Hospital (ABSUTH), Aba measures up in terms of facilities and personnel to handle emergency casesâ€.
â€œHaving outlined what should be the basic minimum standard for a modern Emergency Department (or hospital), one would like to know whether there is any in the existing EDs in Abia State (including the Tertiary medical institutions of ABSUTH and the Federal Medical Centre, FMC), which measures up to be labelled as a functionally equipped and staffed Emergency Department. The answer is in the negativeâ€, Prof Ogbonnaya said.
Ogbonnaya therefore, called on the medical professionals to bring the sorry situation in the hospitals to the attention of the policy makers. Abia, he said, deserves functional EDs given its geographical position as gateway to many states with the attendant road accidents, occasioned by dilapidated road networks.