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By George Odok
The University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) is expanding its services according to the health needs of its various patients, an official revealed.

UCTH chief medical director Prof Ikpeme Ikpeme revealed this as he led reporters around the facility as part of his two years of success as CMD.

He said modern equipment has been installed in various departments of the hospital to curb the migration of people leaving the state for medical services.

He said that in the Department of Radiology, his administration acquired a direct digital radiography system, a 4D Ultra Sound scanner and a 32 Slight City scanner.

He explained that patients who went to the hospital for an X-ray procedure would no longer have to leave the state for the service.

The CMD said the hospital has automated its labs, with the medical microbiology lab being a designated magnetic resonance imaging lab in the state.

“We have also introduced new services in the hospital, for example, in the obstetrics and gynecology department, we have introduced laparoscopic surgery and histeroscopic surgery.
“In the dental clinic, we have renovated the clinic with a state-of-the-art machine so that no one has to go out of state for their dental services anymore,” he said.

The CMD also said the hospital is deploying an electronic health information management system with the goal of moving from a paper clerkship system to an electronic one.

“The level of work done is around 60% because the financial module has been fully implemented, and we are doing it from department to department.

“The advantage of this is that response times will be shorter; it will no longer be necessary to move the paper from one place to another.

“All a doctor has to do is sit down at the clinic, make the prescription for the undocumented patient, and then the patient goes to the pharmacy for a dispensation,” he added.

The CMD, who said fees for medical services at the hospital were always affordable, noted that most of the funds used for hospital equipment came from internally generated revenue.

He welcomed the hospital’s benefit from a federally funded 10-bed intensive care unit as part of the COVID-19 response.

“My passion is to build, improve and increase the level of services we provide in the teaching hospital,” he said.

CMD said that with hospital equipment and better wellness offer for doctors, the same level of services rendered in foreign countries can also be rendered to UCTH.

As part of the ongoing strike by medical residents across the country, Ikpeme said the hospital is currently using consultants and other medical professionals to treat patients.

Regarding the fight against COVID-19 in the state, the CMD said the hospital is working with the state government to provide necessary services to patients.

“We provided manpower because our specialists were training people in the state. We also opened our four bed isolation center to the public.

“It is in recognition of our contributions that the Nigerian Center for Disease Control and the Federal Ministry of Health have moved in to give us a larger 30-bed isolation center currently under construction.

“We also have a molecular lab that we are setting up for COVID-19, but with the proper setup of the machine, it can support Ebola, Lassa and other diseases.

“Once this lab is up and running in about two months from now, we no longer need to send collected samples for testing out of state,” he said. (NOPE)

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