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LUTH establishes trauma, crisis counselling services

By Chioma Obinna
LAGOS — Following the recent Dana air crash and other disasters such as flooding and fire outbreak in the country,  Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, has established a crisis intervention service for victims of emotional trauma and their relatives even as it announced the commencement of a full scale Minimal Access Surgery, MAS, next month.

The crisis centre is expected to be manned by highly skilled experts in mental healthcare in the hospital.

Disclosing this, yesterday, in Lagos, Chief Medical Director, Dr. Akin Osibogun, said the services could be accessed through a 24-hour call line.

Osibogun advised would-be clients to call 08190533591 or visit the Community Health wing of the hospital at the 2nd floor, Accident and Emergency Department. He further noted that counselling starts from 11:00 a.m. to 1p.m daily.

Speaking on the hospital’s plan to embark on full scale minimal access surgery, the chief medical director explained that such technique (MAS) would enable the hospital perform pinhole surgery successfully.

Giving insight into the technique, he explained that technique was usually used for fibroids operation, gynaecological and some other surgical operations through two small holes.

Her words: “Instead of giving a woman a large scar, we will just put two small holes and we will be able to remove fibroids, perform gynaecological operations among others.”

On the advantages of minimal access surgery also known as laparascopic surgery, he said it would reduce trauma to patient, days of hospitalization and stop bleeding as well as reduce patient’s pain.

Positing that LUTH would become one of the leading hospitals in the area, he said: “The technique could be use for fibroids, general surgery due to the camera at the tip of the equipment that allows you to see the entire abdominal cavity. The equipment has capability for stopping bleeding. It will reduce the need for transfusion during surgeries.”


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