By Chioma Obinna
IN the bid to encourage Nigerians to desist from seeking specialist medical treatment abroad, the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) is set now more than ever before to offer prompt intellectual medical services to respond to needs of patients.
Chief Medical Director of the health institution, Prof. David Oke who noted that efforts were in high gear to ensure that services at the hospital meet international standards in the area of surgery, medical emergency care, oncology, orthopaedics, paediatrics among others, hinted that very soon the incidence of long waits or rejection of patients at the hospital would be a thing of the past.
Speaking during the quarterly media tour of the 660-bed hospital, he said it was part of efforts to create awareness on available services in order to save Nigerians from overseas treatments.
The Apex Nursing Officer, Mrs. Modupe Shode who regretted that the current renovation at Ayinke House had reduced by 120 beds space out of the initial 780, said at least 3,000 to 5,000 patients visit the hospital each clinic day.
The rising number of patients most times forced the management to discharge patients at above 75 per cent recovery in order to admit emergency cases.
“We have tried to remove ourselves from admitting patients on wheelchairs rather, we tried to stablise patients up to the level that he or she will be certify fit for transfer and then we liaise with other hospitals before referring. We do not refer bad cases.”
Head of the Surgical Emergency Unit, Dr. Ibrahim Mustapha said the unit is overwhelmed but patients are treated within the first 24 hours free- of- charge.nal negligence and attitude of health workers, a member of the Board of LASUTH, Otunba Muli Ayodele Alakija, said a disciplinary committee is already in place to deal with such cases.
Members of the top management team can be reached for complaints through 01- 8785782 for further investigations.