LASSA; OGUN REOPENS CLOSED HOSPITALS

Central Specialist Hospital and Rubee Medical Center, both in Ota in Ado-Odo/Ota local government area of Ogun State, which were shut by the state government some weeks ago over the outbreak of Lassa fever have been certified okay and reopened by the government.

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         Babatunde Ipaye (Ogun health Commissioner)

The hospitals were the first port of call for the first victim who contracted Lassa fever in the state, who later died 24 hours after completion of the incubation period at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu two Sundays ago.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye disclosed this on Sunday while paying a visit to the two affected hospitals.

Ipaye said the step was necessary to disabuse the minds of the public against stigmatizing the hospitals and members of staff, adding that the normal World Health Organization (WHO) standard of fumigating and decontamination was strictly followed by the state government in the process of carrying out the exercise.

Thanking the Medical Directors of the two hospitals for managing the situation perfectly, Ipaye said if not for the pro-activeness of the two hospitals by informing the State Ministry of Health, the matter could have deteriorated, hence, putting more lives at risk.

According to him, “I want to call on the general public to continue patronizing the Central Specialist Hospital and the Rubee Medical Center Ltd as they have been fully certified to admit patients and provide good health care to the good people of Ogun State.

“What they have done was in the spirit of patriotism for the state and in Nigeria as a whole.”

He called on medical doctors not to victimize or stigmatize the hospitals and members staff, adding that re-orientation and trainings of Private Medical Practitioners would be carried out regularly to know the best practices they should adopt in case such situation arises.

In his comment, the Medical Director of Central Specialist Hospital, Dr. Akin Olusunmade expressed appreciation to the State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun for the quick response on the matter.

Dr. Olusunmade promised that the hospital would continue to give the best quality Health Care Services to the public, saying that the hospital was certified safe for public use after being shut and decontaminated for over one month.

He urged the state government to make good its promises of training and re-training Private Medical Practitioners in the state for good service delivery to the people.

He appealed to the governor for compensation, taking into consideration the weeks that the hospital had been shut.

Corroborating the views of his colleague, Dr. Mushraq Ahmedkhan, Medical Director of Rubee Medical Center Ltd, said the management and staff of the hospital appreciated the pro-activeness of the state government for bringing the situation under control, adding that the center was fully open to carry out good health care delivery to the people of the state.

“After long weeks of decontamination, I want to appreciate the state governor for the quick response and for certifying the facility fit for the public use.

“We promise to always provide good and qualitative health care services to the people of the state,” Ahmedkhan said.

The State Chairman of the Association of General Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (AGPMPN), Dr. Anthony Dike, who witnessed the reopening exercise, suggested that the state government should consider the creation of Isolation centers in the three Senatorial Districts of the State.

He maintained that such development would further enhance quick response to epidemic diseases across the state, urging the state government to consider compensating the two affected hospitals.

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