Healthcare delivery is upscale in UTCH with modern equipment - CMD
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The Chief Medical Director of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH), Prof. Ikpeme Ikpeme, has disclosed that numerous modern equipment has been installed in the hospital in the last two years to meet the healthcare needs of the patients.
Ikpeme who conducted newsmen round the hospital at the weekend said the management of the hospital has upscale service delivery in line with the healthcare needs of its patients and that in two years his leadership has been driven by "My passion is to build, improve and upscale the level of services we render in the teaching hospital".
The CMD proved that sophisticated modern equipment have been installed in various departments in the hospital with a view to curb the migration of persons moving out of the state for medical services elsewhere.
He said that in the Department of Radiology, his administration had acquired a Direct Digital Xray System, 4D Ultra Sound Scanner and a 32 Slight City Scanner.
He explained that patients who visit the hospital for radiologic intervention don't need to go outside the state for the service any longer.
He maintained that the hospital has automated its laboratories, with their medical microbiology laboratory being a designated Magnetic Resonance Imaging laboratory in the state.
"We have also introduced new services in the hospital, for instance, in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, we have introduced laparoscopy surgery and histeroscopy surgery.
"In the Dental Clinic, we have remodelled the clinic with state of the art machine so that nobody needs to go out of the state for his/her dental service anymore," he said.
The CMD also said that hospital was deploying an Electronic Health Information Management System with the aim of migrating from the paper clerkship system to an electronic system.
"The level of work done is about 60 per cent because the financial module has been set up completely, and we are doing this from one department to the other.
"The benefit of this is that there is going to be faster intervention times; they won't be any need to move paper from place to place anymore.
"All a medical practitioner needs to do is to sit in the clinic, do the prescription for the patient without a paper and then the patient goes to the pharmacy for dispensation," he added.
On charges for medical services in the hospital the CMD, insisted that the charges in UCTH were still pocket friendly comparatively and noted that most of the funds used in equipping the hospital with state of the art equipment were drawn from their internally generated revenue.
He also gave credit to the federal government and expressed happiness that the hospital has benefited from a Federal Government funded 10 bed Intensive Care Unit under the COVID-19 intervention.
The CMD said that with the equipment in the hospital and better welfare package for doctors, same level of services rendered in foreign countries can also be rendered in UCTH.
On COVID-19 fight in the state, the CMD said that the hospital worked in collaboration with the state government in providing the needed service delivery to patients.
"We provided man power because our specialist where the ones training people in the state. We also opened up our four bed isolation centre to the public.
"It was in recognition of our contributions that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Federal Ministry of Health moved in to give us a bigger 30 bed Isolation Centre that is currently under construction.
"We also have a molecular laboratory that we are setting up for COVID-19, but with appropriate configuration of the machine, it can take care of Ebola, Lassa and other diseases.
"Once this laboratory is functional in about two months time from now, we don't need to send out collected samples for testing outside the state anymore," he said.
On the recent strike by Resident Doctors across the country, Prof. Ikpeme said the hospital was using the Consultants and other health professionals to administer health service to patients in the hospital.
He called on staff of the hospital to support his administration for optimal growth and development that would enhance quality healthcare services delivery.