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UBTH is committed to the health and safety of our clients and staff. To that end, please read the following information on transmission, prevention, treatment and protocols for yellow fever outbreaks. As we work together, we will keep our communities safe.

KEY FACTS ABOUT YELLOW FEVER

 Yellow fever (YF) is a potentially fatal viral haemorrhagic disease. 
 The YF virus is endemic in tropical areas of Africa and Central and South America.

Symptoms

 The incubation period (interval from infection to onset of symptoms) is usually from 3 to 6 days.
Acute phase
 Fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, chills, nausea and vomiting
Toxic phase
 Fever, jaundice (yellowness of the eyes and skin), abdominal pain with vomiting, problems with kidney function and bleeding from the mouth, nose, eyes and/or stomach.

Transmission 

 Humans and monkeys are the main animals infected by the virus.
 YF is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected mosquitoes (Aedes spp).
 Aedes mosquitoes bite all day
 Infected people can transmit the infection to mosquitoes for up to five days after the onset of symptoms.
 The infection is not spread directly from person to person or from animal to person. 

Prevention 

 There is no specific treatment for YF; only good supportive treatment for symptoms. 
 Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent yellow fever.
Vaccination  A single dose of yellow fever vaccination provides life-long protection. (Booster dose after 10 years is not needed)
Anti-mosquito measures: 
 Remove potential mosquito breeding sites around the home– drain stagnant water, clear out drains, cover water containers, etc.
 Clear bushes around dwellings.
 Sleep under insecticidetreated bed nets.
 Screen windows and doors with nets.  
 Wear long sleeved shirt and long trousers when outside. 
 Use of insecticides, mosquito repellent.
 Take extra precautions when travelling to areas with a higher risk of mosquito-borne diseases. 
 Health-care workers should have a high index of suspicion.
 Isolate infected patients being managed in a mosquito-proof room.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT INFECTION CONTROL COMMITTEE @ 08023355029

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CASE MANAGEMENT PROTOCOL FOR SUSPECTED CASE OF YELLOW FEVER

 

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Symptoms – Fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, chills, nausea and vomiting, jaundice, abdominal pain, bleeding from the mouth, nose and eyes.

Exposure  History of travel to an area where there was an outbreak or endemic for yellow fever within 6 days of becoming ill.

YF Vaccination: History of YF vaccination.

 

Standard case definitions for yellow fever:

Suspected case: Any person with acute onset of fever with jaundice appearing within 14 days of onset of the first symptoms.

Probable case: A suspected case AND one (1) of the following – Epidemiological link to a confirmed case or an outbreak; Positive post-mortem liver histopathology.

Confirmed case: Any suspected case with positive laboratory test for yellow fever.

ISOLATION 

 Isolate patient with suspected Yellow fever in a mosquito-proof room immediately.
 Blood sample should be taken for:
 Bedside clotting time: Use pre-labelled plain bottle (Not diagnostic but may be helpful especially for clients who present with bleeding problems).
 PCR: Use two (2) pre-labelled EDTA bottles. Draw 5mls each for adults/3mls each for children and stored/transported in cold packs
 Observe standard precautions always.
 Inform contacts of suspected case immediately.

TREATMENT

Supportive care with specific attention to fluid and electrolyte management. 

Appropriate antibiotics if there is superimposed infection.

Avoid hepatotoxic drugs, Aspirin, NSAIDs.

NOTIFICATION 

 Notify the Infection Control Unit, Department of Community Health, UBTH. (08023355029)
 Notify the Infectious Disease Unit, Department of Medicine, UBTH. (08063522265)
 Notify the Infectious Disease Unit, Department of Child Health, UBTH. (08033435312)

 



UBTH honors Prof. E. E. Okpere on his retirement after an impactful career of service. The retirement ceremony was held 16th of November 2018 at Doctors House, Benin City. We would like to extend a big thank you to all those in attendance who helped celebrate the illustrious career of Prof. E. E. Okpere.




UBTH Management Team Visits Governor Obaseki
Governor of Edo State Mr. Godwin Obaseki listening to the CMD, UBTH Prof. D. E. Obaseki. Other Management Staff look on.

The Management team of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, led by Prof. Darlington Ewaen Obaseki have paid a courtesy visit on the Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki in his office.

Speaking during the visit at Government House, the Chief Medical Doctor, Prof. D. E. Obaseki said the purpose of the visit was to intimate the Governor of the new UBTH Management team led by himself and to thank his Excellency for his support to the hospital. The CMD reiterated the need for the Federal and State hospitals to work together because he believes that there are opportunities for such collaboration.

Prof. Obaseki used the opportunity to solicit for the Governor’s support to offset bills of indigent patients. He also appealed to his Excellency to intervene in the call for exemption of certain allowances of doctors in UBTH from being taxed.

In his response, the Executive Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki said he was happy to receive the CMD and his Management team and congratulated, Prof. Obaseki on his appointment as Chief Medical Director

Speaking further, the Governor emphasized the importance of synergy between the various tiers of Government particularly those in the health sector stressing that there must be a synchronization of efforts and resources. He noted that Medical insurance could be considered as part of government’s effort in mapping out a health care strategy in the State saying that the UBTH could be brought into the picture. Part of this initiative, he said, may include the exchange of personnel between the State Hospitals and the UBTH. Other areas possible collaboration according to the Governor includes enhanced training for Nurses and middle-level health care personnel and medical insurance which he noted, would assist in terms of tackling the challenge of the indigence of patients.

The Governor then appreciated Management for coming and assured them of his full support and co-operation as far as health is concerned in Edo State.

By: Aigbodion Queen




We are proud to announce that you can now pay with your atm via POS ON SITE at UBTH service pay points. Please be advised that this is NOT online payments nor is it payments off-site. We have integrated POS for the convenience of our clients who pay for services at UBTH pay points inside the hospital.

These are all part of our initiatives for improvement at UBTH as we fulfill our mission, vision and values.



UBTH Management Team Visits Oba of Benin

The CMD, Prof. D. E. Obaseki addressing His Royal Majesty and palace Chiefs during the visit.

The Management team of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital led by the Chief Medical Director, Professor Darlington Ewaen Obaseki paid a courtesy visit on the Oba of Benin, His Royal Majesty, Omo n’oba n’edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II in his palace.

Speaking at the occasion, Professor Obaseki said they were in the palace to inform His Majesty of his appointment as the Chief Medical Director, introduce other members of his management team as well as to seek His Royal blessings in discharging their responsibility of providing care to the people.

Welcoming the management team, Oba Ewuare II congratulated the Chief Medical Director on his appointment and urged him to do everything within his power to ensure that the incessant strikes by health care providers is brought to the barest minimum as they do not benefit anybody. He enjoined other members of the UBTH Management to give the Chief Medical Director their maximum support to enable him improve on the successes so far recorded in the hospital.

Other members of Management on the entourage were: the Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee, Prof. Casimir Omuemu; Deputy Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee, (Research, Ethics and Training), Dr. Omokhua. Adeleye; Deputy Director, Finance & Accounts, Mr. K  U. Isibor; Deputy Director/Head, Nursing Services, Mrs. E.A. Osian. Others were, the Assistant Director, Human Resources, Mr. Jimoh Kadiri, who represented the Director of Administration, Mrs. A. P. Omoregie and the Head, Public Relations and Protocols Unit of the hospital, Uwaila I.Joshua, Esq.

By: C. O. OVIASOGIE



UBTH Chief Medical Director Chats

Pleasantries: Congratulations to you sir, on your appointment as the Chief Medical Director. We commend the giant strides you have taken so far to advance staff welfare and reposition the hospital for greater efficiency in service delivery.

UBTHnews: Sir, can you share with us a brief history of yourself?

CMD: My name is Darlington Ewaen Obaseki and I am fifty years old. I attended Ezomo Primary School, Asoro Grammar school and University of Benin all in Benin City. I have equally had further exposure outside the country specifically at the University of Basel, Switzerland. I am a pathologist by training with special interest in gastro intestinal pathology. I was at a time the Deputy Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee in charge of Ethics, Monitoring and Evaluation of this great hospital as well as Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC) before my appointment as the Chief Medical Director.

UBTHnews: Sir, since you came on board as the Chief Medical Director, staff welfare has soared to unprecedented heights. Several demands by different unions have been met, earned allowances and promotion arrears paid, staff on CONHESS 6 and below were given Christmas gifts; the list is endless. How have you been able to achieve this even in the face of scarce resources?

CMD: There is a popular saying that when there is a will there is a way. When we came on board as a new management we discovered that there was so much despondency on the part of staff. Even though I perceived this being a part of the previous administration, we didn’t know it was up to till this extent. Having examined this, we came to the conclusion as a management to strive to give them (staff) a sense of belonging irrespective of the poor financial situation of the Hospital. We had to do what we did because we realized that, that is one sure way of enhancing their productivity. And just to add, the Christmas welfare package was not even our first line of approach. The very first thing we did as Management was to interact with staff, department by department and making them know that we understand their pains and concerns and also expressed our willingness to meet them. I would also like to say that we were fortunate because I came in when the Nigeria economy was gradually coming out of recession unlike during the era of the immediate past administration when the country was neck deep into the crisis.

UBTHnews: Sir, at various fora, you have consistently declared that your vision is to reposition the hospital as “the leading provider of healthcare solutions in West Africa” which is very laudable. How do you intend to achieve this?

CMD: To be the leading provider of healthcare solutions in West Africa is very achievable. I say this because looking at the hospital you will discover that, that is the template upon which this hospital was established. Take for instance the large expanse of land, a 21 hole golf course, an imposing Conference Centre and so on and so forth. By the time you take a very close look at all these, you will come to the conclusion that there is no other reason than for the hospital to render comprehensive healthcare services to the people both in the country and beyond. And in realizing this objective we shall be resuscitating all hitherto moribund facilities like the Stem cell transplant Centre and Radiotherapy Centre. Our main focus as a Management team is to make the hospital more functional in terms of service delivery to the public and this we are convinced is very much realistic. It is a clear cut road map for the hospital.

UBTHnews: Sir, concerning the Strategic Plan for the hospital, what modalities do you have in place to actualize this?

CMD: I am happy to announce to you that the document is ready and it will soon be released shortly to every member of staff to the extent that they will be acquainted with it. It is going to be more or less the national anthem of the hospital. The priority areas of this administration are clearly stated in that document. The first one is Client Satisfaction. This is   because they (clients) are the major reason we are here. Our aim is that each time they have cause to interact with the hospital by way of service delivery they should leave satisfied. Another area of interest is Manpower Training and Development which is closely related to the next one which is Staff Satisfaction. This encompasses the operational environment of the staff with the intention of creating a more conducive and relaxed atmosphere for better productivity. The fourth one is Research and Technological innovations. This is very important in order for us to attain and sustain the desired height in terms of service delivery that this current Management is set out to achieve. The fifth one is Inward Medical Tourism. What is obtainable now is outward medical tourism. Like I said we already have everything on ground to actualize all this. We want to make UBTH a global brand and by implication strengthen her capacity to meet the healthcare needs of people within our catchment area and even beyond. Last but certainly not the least is Funding. This aspect is very vital because without concerted effort towards funding we cannot achieve all these things that we have set out to do.

UBTHnews: Considering the economic state of the Country, do you think it is possible to tackle all the challenges facing the hospital at once; perhaps the need for setting priorities therefore arises. Sir, what are the priority areas of this administration for the next four years?

CMD: The priority areas are as I mentioned a few moments ago. They are all spelt out in the strategic plan document. Like I said, the first one is client satisfaction. And under client satisfaction there are about six objectives like the Accident and Emergency care, Labour ward, Children Emergency, Out- patients, In-patients, etc. For instance at the Consultants- out- Patients Department, Accident and Emergency Centre as well as other out-patients outlets, we hope to reduce patients waiting time by at least, 50%.  By this we mean a patient must not stay for more than thirty minutes on arrival at the clinic before seeing a doctor. And this is going to be replicated in all the clinics in the hospital including the General Practice Clinic (GPC). In fact, the Strategic Development Plan is a full and living document with measurable indices.

UBTHnews: Sir, what is the Mission and the Core Value of the hospital under this current administration?

CMD: Our vision is to make the hospital the leading provider of health care solutions in West Africa. Working as a team to improve our clients’ health by integrating research, quality care and education in an aesthetic environment. We are going to send this across to every member of staff. Our goal is to give every member of staff a sense of belonging in the care for our clients.

UBTHnews: Sir, can you tell us a little about your Management team?


CMD: With all sense of humility, I want to say that this hospital is fortunate to have this present team of Management in place because some of the best brains in this country are members of the team. This Strategic Development Plan document that we just talked about was actually put together with the active participation of the Management team. And I must tell you that their individual and collective contributions so far has helped in realizing our modest achievement within these past few months that we have been on the saddle.

UBTHnews: There is a general notion by the public that UBTH fees are too high and almost unaffordable by the common man. Sir, are there plans to make services in the hospital more affordable?

CMD: What I will say is that I agree with you vis- a- viz the economic situation of the country and not on its own merit. This is reflected again in the number of waivers and abscondees that we have in the hospital. Last year we waived over 35 million Naira. What we have also decided to do as a management team is that we will review our prices across board. By this, I mean we will be look at them with a view to ensuring that our services aren’t over priced in some areas and underpriced in some other areas. It is also our belief that the hospital is a social service oriented organization and it therefore implies that our services should not be inaccessible to our people. So, we are very much committed in looking into the issue.

UBTHnews: The hospital Stem Cell Unit became the first centre in Nigeria to perform a bone marrow transplant and blood therapy a couple of years ago and the Radiotherapy Unit used to be one of the best in the country. Today, these units seem not to be functioning optimally. Sir, how do you intend to strengthen them?

CMD: Part of the priority areas of this Management is inward medical tourism. If we are to actualize that, we have no choice than to ensure that these two units are brought back to life. In doing that, practical steps have been taken to resuscitate the machines by initiating interactions with experts who have come for evaluation. We are very convinced that they will be back on stream in no distant time especially against the backdrop of the interest of the Federal Government of Nigeria in the treatment of cancer in the country. Incidentally, UBTH has been designated as a Centre for treatment of cancer in the Country. We are hoping that they (Government) will give us additional machines in due course. Also, I wish to announce to you that a 50 bedded dedicated ward for treatment of cancer patients is ready. For the Stem Cell Transplant Unit, we are equally very committed in bringing the place back on track. But I want to believe that the major issue here is power supply because virtually all the services rendered in that centre are power dependent. We are hoping that in no distant time we should be able to get the approval of our supervisory Ministry, the Federal Ministry of Health and other regulatory agencies i.e the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) and National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) for independent power supply to the hospital. We are already discussing with our partners on that and the interactions have been fruitful so far.

UBTHnews: Sir, what is your guiding philosophy in life?

CMD: There are so many things that guide me. One of which is to focus on those issues that I consider important in life. I have heard people say that one of the things they admire in me is that I don’t know how to keep enmity with anybody. If I feel offended by your action I will express my displeasure there and then. After then I move on. To me this is the commonsensical thing to do. Don’t be distracted by petty issues. Secondly, I invest a lot in relationships though I take that to be a two way thing. I say this because I expect it to be beneficial to both parties not in terms of money but intelligence. These are some of my personal philosophies in life.

UBTHnews: Sir, given the busy schedule of your office, how do you find time to relax?

CMD: I am a very playful and fun-loving person. I must admit that since I came into office as CMD it has not been easy but I still find time to relax. Sometimes I still find time to play football and engage in some recreational activities.

UBTHnews: Thank you very much Sir, for your time and we wish you a successful tenure of office.



Prof. Darlington Ewaen Obaseki was appointed as the substantive Chief Medical Director of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital by the Federal Government.

In a letter signed by the Hon. Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, the appointment which is for an initial term of four years took effect on 17th August, 2017.

Prof. Obaseki, a Consultant Pathologist, was born in 1968. He attended Asoro Grammar School and the University of Benin, both in Benin City where he bagged his M.B.BS. He is a fellow of the West African College of pathologists. Prior to his appointment as Chief Medical Director, he has held various positions including Head, Department of Morbid Anatomy, Coordinator, University of Benin Cancer Registry, Assistant Secretary, Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria, UBTH, Director, Cancer Registry, UBTH, Special Adviser on sports, School of Medicine, University of Benin, Deputy Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee and Ag. Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee.

Prof. Obaseki has numerous academic publications both in local and international journals, members of learned societies including Nigeria Medical Medicine Association, Medical, and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria, Society of Gastroenterology and pathology of Nigeria West Africa Division of the International Association of Pathologist as society of cancer research of Nigeria. He was, until his appointment, the Ag. Chief Medical Director of the hospital.

A sports enthusiast especially football which he plays for Nigeria Medical Association All-Stars football Club UBTH, to date.


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