By our Reporter
A neurosurgical and stroke Centre has been commissioned at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital.
Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehahire who commissioned the project sponsored by the Nigeria
LNG, as part of their hospital support program expressed confidence that the project will effectively address critical health needs of the society.
Represented d by the Chief Medical Director, University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, Dr. Emem Bassey, the minister said apart from the people of Cross River State, the project will serve the people from neighboring states.
“you cannot overemphasize the danger of stroke, the emphasis has always been about other diseases, but the truth is that this facility will greatly enhance healthcare need within and outside the State. It is expected that in every state there should be a primary, secondary and tertiary health institution because federal government alone cannot take care of all our health needs in the country si that is why facilities like this is important across all sates of the federation” he said.
According to him, the country has invested in significant healthcare financing reforms in effort to extend primary healthcare services across the country, including building and equipping anti-pathogenic or isolation centres, intensive care complexes, modern molecular laboratories, and massive procurement of personal protective equipment across the country.
Speaking, UCTH Chief Medical Director, Dr. Ikpeme Ikpeme expressed appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari, Cross River State governor, Ben Ayade and the Nigeria LNG for their support in ensuring the actualization of the project.
He emphasized the need for more of such facility, noting that stroke is the most common and traumatic emergency faced within the UCTH coverage area.
The Neurosurgical and Stroke facility includes 16 dedicated unit beds, two recovery room beds, one operating theatre suite, a consulting room, a pharmacy, sleeping rooms, including a dedicated water supply system, and a backup power system.