Prof. Darlington Obaseki the Chief Medical Director (CMD), University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), has vowed to support the neurology unit of the hospital to create more productivity.
Obaseki made the vow during the 10th anniversary celebration of Stroke Ward, UBTH on Thursday in Benin.
He said that the neurology unit of UBTH was the pioneer stroke ward and the biggest in the country.
“Beyond the neurology family, so many persons are not aware of the fact that UBTH pioneered the treatment and management of stroke patients in a dedicated ward.
“It has been proven objectively that there are better outcomes of stroke patients when they are treated in a dedicated ward rather than in an open ward.
“The mission and mandate was to come together to make sure stroke patients’ needs are taken care of in the dedicated ward,” he said.
The CMD challenged the present team of care givers in Ward 5 to improve on the effort of the founding fathers of the unit.
“We are challenging the team to go beyond what the previous team had done from acute management of stroke to hype acute management of stroke.
“We the management of the UBTH are already to provide support to the neurology unit and create a better environment for our workers,” he said.
Earlier, the Chairman of the occasion, Mr Solomon Eromosele described the establishment of a dedicated ward for the treatment of stroke by UBTH as a milestone.
Eromosele, who was represented by Mr Tom Itua, noted that no less than 70 million people were affected by stroke worldwide with 16 million cases recorded annually.
He urged the Federal Government to recognise the hospital’s effort by giving it the support it needed to do more.
On his part, the Head of Stroke Unit, Prof. Frank Imarhiagbe described the unit as the flagship of stroke care in the country with a mission to render the highest quality care to stroke patients in Nigeria
He disclosed that over 2, 500 acute stroke patients had been admitted and treated in the ward since inception.
He said that the unit had developed a stroke registry and a diagnostic clinical tool – the Benin stroke score and trained 10 consultant neurologists.
Edited By: Grace Yussuf