Written by Ijeoma UKAZU

Emergencies should be treated within 24 hours - Adewole

As part of efforts to boost healthcare delivery to Nigerians, the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has said directed that all accident and emergency cases should be treated within 24 hours at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH.

Addressing journalists at LUTH, the minister said that, "the hospital should operate a system that will evacuate patients within 24 hours. Once first aid treatment has being given to a patient, the patient should be moved to the ward.
"If the emergency unit is congested, it will not be able to attend to emergency cases. The situation I saw this morning is not encouraging."
He said the accident and emergency unit which is the face of the hospital should be fully active adding that no one will get good credit if emergency cases are not responded to quickly.
The minister also stated that "we cannot deny poor Nigerians medical care because they do not have the means. We are going to cater for the genuinely poor Nigerians until a form of health scheme is put in place to cater for the poor. We beg Nigerians not to deceive and ruin the system.

"This is so because about 60 percent of Nigerians are poor and cannot afford medical care. We want to use the primary healthcare to address this issue.
"The federal government wants to reposition the health system where 70 percent of Nigerians will go to primary healthcare centres, 25 percent can go to secondary healthcare centres and 5 percent can visit LUTH and other tertiary healthcare centres and by that way the system will work."
On the issue of Lassa Fever, Adewole said, about 60 percent deaths have being recorded in Nigeria, stressing the need to improve on laboratories in the country.
The minister however appreciated the Chief Medical Director, CMD, of LUTH for rehabilitating the water equipment plant that have been abandoned for over 25 year now.

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