Final January, Dr. Ikpeme Asanye Ikpeme, a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgical procedure and College of Calabar Educating Hospital, and the Cross River State authorities put in place plans to fight the Coronavirus pandemic. Correspondent NSA GILL experiences.


THE efforts of the administration of the College of Calabar Educating Hospital (UCTH) in aiding the Cross River State authorities to attain correct response to the COVID-19 pandemic acquired a commendation from a seven-man crew from the Nationwide Centre for Illness Management (NCDC).

Commissioner for Well being Dr. Betta Edu stated the state authorities and the UCTH administration in January drew out a plan to fight COVID-19.

“We now have labored carefully with the administration of UCTH as early as in January drawing out response method to what’s now a world pandemic. They introduced out the experience we would have liked. They made out there the Isolation centre for correct setup. Cross River State Authorities has been supporting in our personal little manner.

“We should thank the UCTH administration as a result of all of the manpower which began the coaching course of for well being employees within the state got here from the hospital. The Chief Medical Director (CMD) Prof. Ikpeme Asanye Ikpeme was very magnanimous permitting his succesful workers to work hand in hand with us. He didn’t hesitate at any cut-off date in giving the wanted permission for any workers that needed to work with us in coaching the workforce we have now been in a position to increase in response and preparedness to COVID-19 in Cross River State.

“Past these, there’s additionally assist like utilizing venues inside the hospital and facilitating coaching. They arrive to our isolation centre to assist in organising and drawing up protocols. We commend the UCTH and the state authorities may be very grateful for that. We are going to proceed to work collectively and the state authorities will proceed to assist the UCTH in whichever manner that’s needed inside {our capability}. First, it’s our personal to serve our individuals earlier than anybody else, as such we owe them that assist as a authorities,” Edu stated.

The hospital, Prof. Ikpeme stated, has the flexibility to conduct check for COVID-19 case if the wanted software program improve and machine cartridges are given to them by the Nationwide Centre for Illness Management (NCDC).

His phrases: “We’re ready. We now have a skilled crew, we have now Isolation Centre, we have now PPEs; we received services on the bottom. We will assist the cardiorespiratory system; we will assist the renal system. Our dialysis is working, so we’re ready.

“We instructed the crew what we have now. We now have the Gyn-expert machine and all that’s wanted is to improve and supply cartridges. They find out about that and they’re going to take the message again. They’ve additionally seen our isolation centre. It’s a 4-bed centre that may simply be overwhelmed if case break. We have to develop the centre and have a spot for workers to remain.”

Ikpeme added that many of the seven circumstances that turned out damaging had been despatched from the UCTH to the NCDC.

The UCTH that now conjures up confidence was as at April final 12 months in misery. A go to to the hospital previous to April 16, 2019, depicted a hospital in deep misery. The surroundings was unkempt; utility companies reminiscent of water and electrical energy provide was far-fetched. X-ray machines within the hospital had been non-functional, companies had been outsourced to non-public institutions related to prime officers. The operation theatres and laboratory companies had been nothing to write down house about. Drug provides and pharmaceutical companies had been in a horrible state.

When Prof. Ikpeme took over because the eighth CEO of the hospital, he had full information of the challenges earlier than him and appeared able to hit the bottom operating,

He referred to as his administration crew and finally the workers group and made a declaration saying: “Include me on this journey. It is going to be tasking however thrilling. There could but be obstacles however we are going to overcome them. Above all, He (God) who referred to as us has already outfitted us.”

•Prof. Ikpeme

He went on: “There are those that imagine we’re down and can’t rise once more. We should show them mistaken. We are going to accomplish that by working arduous, reporting early to work & sitting down to really work, by eschewing corrupt practices, insisting that the environment is clear and tidy, leaving solely on the shut of labor and usually being disciplined, dedicated and centered within the discharge of our duties.

“We should respect one another and be skilled in our dealings. We should respect the boundaries of our professionalism and co-operate to make every career develop. To paraphrase Dr James Ene Henshaw, that nice medical poet now gone past, ‘That is our likelihood’. The affected person is our main concern. We have to be courteous, humane, and empathetic in coping with her or him. She or he should henceforth depart UCTH with a way of satisfaction and be our advertiser within the bigger group”.

He additionally appealed to the workers and stakeholders to not set booby traps for officeholders and to not sabotage the efforts of the brand new administration in any manner.

One 12 months after, has he and his administration crew lived as much as his guarantees? The bulk reply within the affirmative. However the CMD says “It’s work in progress”.

There are numerous areas of intervention and notable variations, evident within the hospital. The clear and inexperienced surroundings is a part of the aesthetic and Sanitation coverage of Administration. The Dental Clinic has been fully overhauled. The Ante-natal and Gynaecology clinic has been fully remodeled. So is the labour ward, fully restructured and renovated, and work is ongoing to create ten en-suite labour suite and two obstetric theatres. The hospital now has CCTV cowl in some strategic locations and departments, with plans for a hospital-wide growth.

To make sure that sufferers and guests are correctly guided, there’s a manned SERVICOM DESK on the entrance of the Hospital which is obtainable for sufferers and guests to make inquiries. The SERVICOM Unit has additionally lately been re-jigged for additional effectivity. Pay factors have been elevated to 10 and a central Phlebotomy unit has been set as much as present phlebotomy companies for out-patients. Energy provide and water provide have improved and is loved 24 hours in strategic departments.

Efforts to scrub up the hospital and create an aesthetically pleasing surroundings have acquired commendation by completely different visiting our bodies reminiscent of FHI 360, Medical & Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) and the accreditation crew of the school of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the West African School of Surgeons.

Vital enchancment in UCTH can be evident within the Dialysis unit which has been fully renovated and refurbished to cater for infective and non-infective circumstances; the Theatre, the Intensive Care Unit, Radiology, Laboratory Departments, Endoscopy, Blood Financial institution and Pharmacy amongst others.

Earlier than the outbreak of Coronavirus throughout the globe, the administration had concluded association with the American-based VOOM Basis to conduct the primary open-heart surgical procedure within the hospital this month. The association nonetheless subsists and a brand new date will probably be set after the Coronavirus pandemic has been contained.

UCTH with no doubts have skilled dramatic enchancment in lots of areas within the final one 12 months; there’s energy provide with 24 hours energy in essential areas such because the Theatres, ICU, Radiology, Casualty wards and enhancements within the water provide which is extra steady than previous to April 2019.

The ability provide downside within the hospital had change into endemic earlier than the Prof. Ikpeme-led administration crew took over. Upon assumption of workplace, deserted energy producing crops within the hospital, one 500 KVA and one other 515KVA had been put again to performance and new 500KVA generator was acquired to spice up the choice energy supply of the Hospital.

As well as, efforts are persevering with to interact the Port Harcourt Electrical energy Distribution Firm for settlement of the large debt left behind. The Drug Revolving Fund Account (DRF) is now absolutely practical.

Safety will not be neglected. The Hospital has enhanced lighting factors and has put in CCTV cameras in strategic factors to assist surveillance. Engagement with safety companies has helped beef-up safety within the institution.

Within the space of medical analysis and development, Prof. Ikpeme has revealed that the UCTH is at the moment working to develop and construct upon the achievements of the hospital institute for tropical analysis by means of collaboration with america (US) Army to analysis on Malaria and Drug-resistant within the Tropics. “Each Medical and subject analysis is occurring,” the CMD famous.

Requested for a message to the general public going additional, he stated: “We recognise the state of the hospital in time previous; we’re a piece in progress, striving very arduous to satisfy the calls for of our shoppers. We perceive that we’re the largest well being supplier in Cross River State and we’re grateful to the general public for his or her confidence in our system within the final 12 months. We urge them to return; we have now the perfect arms, the perfect brains, we have now the largest focus of excellently skilled manpower. We’re creating environments with high quality tools that can be sure that we have now glorious well being care service delivered to them. I need to state that UCTH is again and again very strongly; we’re right here and we will probably be getting higher. We’re rising from the ashes.”

The top of the division of SERVICOM within the hospital, Mr. Obo Obo, listed thirty-eight areas which have acquired commendable consideration and intervention in UCTH within the final one 12 months.

Edu stated: “I need to be a part of my voice to that of the CMD who’s an distinctive chief. He has introduced a number of change to this hospital. I say with out equivocation since he got here in, it has been a special hospital. I keep and the state and I do know what has been happening and I can provide the historical past of the hospital up till immediately. He has introduced a number of change, new spirit, new all the pieces to this place and we imagine that he’ll do extra for the power and the hospital as a complete. We are going to proceed to assist him as a lot as we will and we’re assured of his assist to us as effectively the place wanted.

“We now have a number of people assets within the UCTH that may be deployed to assist lives, I believe it’s time for the Federal Authorities to massively put money into the College of Calabar Educating Hospital. We will expend the Isolation centre on the hospital premises. There may be a number of house in entrance of it. We had been going to do a type of makeshift tent there earlier than we had been instructed by the NCDC that it’s preferable to have a full constructing somewhat than having a tent and that’s the reason we needed to relocate to Adiabo.

“We plead that extra be performed for the hospital, we imagine no matter is finished for them is finished for Cross Riveriens, it’s performed for Cross River State and the Governor of Cross River State will probably be very appreciative.”

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