UBTH: tertiary healthcare suffers over ‘influx of patients with minor cases

UBTH: tertiary healthcare suffers over ‘influx of patients with minor cases

The Management of University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) has decried the influx of patients with minor cases of ailments in the hospital. The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Prof. Darlington Obaseki, said the is distracting the hospital from performing its primary duties. He said this at a Media briefing on Monday as part

The Management of University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) has decried the influx of patients with minor cases of ailments in the hospital.

The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Prof. Darlington Obaseki, said the is distracting the hospital from performing its primary duties.

He said this at a Media briefing on Monday as part of activities lined up for the inaugural Founder’s Day Celebration, planned in conjunction with the 46th year anniversary of the hospital.

“We have our challenges, but we know what we are supposed to be doing. Specialist health centre like ours is supposed to be doing things like hip replacement surgery, open heart surgery, kidney transplant, stem cell transplant, cancer treatment, etc. 

“We are being distracted from our primary duties, which is, specialist services. Ideally, primary health issues should go to primary health care centres. The majority of the work we do are things like malaria. 

“Our doctors here are specialist surgeons, gynaecologists, oncologists, and so on. They are not supposed to be treating things like malaria, which, ordinarily, should have been handled at primary health facilities.

The CMD however lauded Edo State government recent decision to upgrade all primary health centres in the State and make them functional, so that they could relieve UBTH of the healthcare burden.

“That will take the pressure away from us and will enable us to help our people more,” he added.

Prof. Obaseki also used the occasion to appeal to well-meaning Nigerians to assist the Hospital in giving its best, by contributing to the endowment fund planned to raise money for the hospital.

Obaseki who noted that noted public health venture is not profit-oriented, disclosed that the non availability of interventional fund has crippled the stem Cell centre of the Hospital.   

“We have done so much, we have produced manpower for this country. We are one of the pillars in the health sector in Nigeria, with so many sectors depending on us to sustain their workforce.

“We are using this opportunity to sensitise the public to contribute to the development of the hospital through our Endowment Fund.

“We need to expand the range of our investigational and interventional services to modern standards to the extent that it will reverse the current trend of outward medical tourism,” Obaseki said.

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