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University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) has commenced testing for COVID-19 following the validation of its Testing Centre by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). The validation was yesterday announced by NCDC and echoed by the Edo State Hon. Commissioner for Health, Dr Patrick Okundia.

This achievement was made possible by the collaboration between UBTH and the Centre for Excellence in Reproductive Health Innovation ( CERHI), University of Benin. The collaboration, initiated by the UBTH Chief Medical Director, Prof Darlington Obaseki, provided access to the use of the centre’s Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) machine for COVID-19 testing.

With this new development, testing for COVID-19 for UBTH patients has become more efficient as travelling cost and time in handling test specimens have now been eliminated. This achievement adds traction to the fight against COVID-19 in Edo State.

His Excellency, the Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki had paid a visit to the UBTH Isolation Centre penultimate Thursday where he was also taken on a guided tour of UBTH Testing Centre among other facilities.

The Governor on that visit had stated that he was impressed with the Management of the Hospital especially the collaboration with the State Government in the management of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CMD of UBTH promised to continue to provide quality healthcare to all its patients and clients.

Joshua Uwaila, Esq
Head, Public Relations Unit.

His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki paid a working visit to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital recently to inspect the facilities on ground for the management of Covid-19 patients.

Speaking with the press immediately after the inspection, the Governor stated that he was impressed with what he saw on ground and how the Management of the Hospital has been able to directs the affairs of the Hospital thus far.

His Excellency the Governor was shown the Isolation centre, the Holding ward, the Intensive care unit with dedicated Ventilators at the A&E complex and also the PCR laboratory where the testing of COVID-19 would be done.

As a mark of the excellent cooperation and collaboration existing between the Edo State Government and the Hospital, the Governor promised to immediately set in motion machinery for the building and equipping of an Isolation ward in the Hospital to be delivered soonest.

In his response,the Chief Medical Director, Prof. Darlington Obaseki commended the Governor for his leadership role and effort in steering the State COVID-19 Committee.

The President of the Commonwealth Medical Association, Dr Osahon Enabulele paid an unscheduled visit to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital on the 24th April, 2020 as part of the Commonwealth Medical Association’s mission to access how institutions are faring in terms of their preparedness to combat the COVID-19. The visit was also to show the Association’s commitment to support governments and their institutions especially in the face of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The President of the Association was conducted round the hospital facility by the Chief Medical Director, Prof. Darlington Obaseki and other Management Staff.  Dr Enabulele inspected the Isolation Centre including the holding ward, the 2 bedded Intensive Care Unit with dedicated Ventilators, the PCR Laboratory (where COVID-19 tests are to be carried out) amongst other places relevant for the management of COVID-19. He also ascertained the level of compliance in terms of availability and usage of Personal Protective Equipment by health workers especially those in the frontline of the battle against COVID-19 in the hospital.

In his remark after the tour, Dr Enabulele stated that he was impressed with  what he saw on ground and the commitment of both management and staff of the institution. He commended the Management of the Hospital for   taking the bull by the horn and doing what was necessary under the prevailing circumstance. He used the opportunity to call on both Federal and State government to increase support in terms of men and material for the institution being a reference Centre.  He canvassed for more tangible support for the hospital from the Federal Ministry of Health and the State Government noting that majority of what the hospital has done has been from the Management’s own initiative and internal resources.

Speaking further, he encouraged the Chief Medical Director and his Management team to sustain the good work and invited some other institutions to come around and see what UBTH has done with regards to effective management of resources and creativity which they may wish to replicate in their centres. According to him, it is necessary to display what is working in different centres. He promised to support the hospital in his official capacity.

The president of the Commonwealth Medical Association further reassured members of the public that,  the Association is already thinking of how to stabilize the health systems of member states  in the post COVID-19 era

The University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) has discharged its first COVID-19 patient from its Isolation Centre. The 43-year-old patient was admitted on 3rd April, 2020 after he tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2.

Dr Benson Okwara, Head Rapid Response Team COVID-19 in UBTH said, “the patient’s first negative test following resolution of symptoms was on 10th April, 2020, while a follow-up test on 14th April, 2020 also returned a negative result, thus qualifying him for discharge”.

He then encouraged members of the public who have symptoms of COVID-19 (such as cough, fever and shortness of breath) to get tested and, if positive, receive prompt treatment at any of the isolation centres. Speaking further, Dr Okwara stated that a positive result is not death sentence.

The Management of the Hospital uses this opportunity to appeal to members of the public to give correct information to healthcare personnel when they come to the hospital to seek care. Information on travel history (travelling abroad) or contact with a confirmed case should be disclosed so that tests can be done for the safety and wellbeing of all. Misinformation or withholding information regarding an epidemic can make the epidemic spread further. Besides, doing so is against the law.

The Management further appeals to members of the public to partner with the Hospital in its efforts towards continued improvement in healthcare delivery.

University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) has so far received three patients who have been confirmed positive with COVID-19.

The two surviving patients are currently being cared for by our dedicated staff in an isolation ward with restricted access.

Prior to confirmation of their COVID-19 status, some of our healthcare staff were exposed to these patients whilst using only Personal Protection (surgical face-masks and gloves). Currently all staff who were exposed to these patients are asymptomatic and they are being monitored closely according to current guidelines.

Further measures have been put in place to ensure that our staff are not unduly exposed to risks of infection with COVID-19 in the course of their providing care for patients who come to the hospital for various reasons.

Healthcare workers are on the front lines in this pandemic and therefore at a higher risk of being exposed than the general public. The management and staff of UBTH while ensuring standard precautions at all times to prevent the spread of this disease, crave the support and understanding of the general public as we fight this raging battle to contain and curb COVID-19.

Prof. D.E Obaseki
Chief Medical Director.

UBTH-Rapid Response Team (RRT) on COVID -19

The current COVID-19 pandemic which is now in Nigeria is steadily on the rise. To combat this spread and enable us quickly mobilize trained human resources, the University of Benin Teaching Hospital management as part of her already outlined efforts to address the challenge organised a training for the Rapid Response Team (RRT) on COVID-19 on Tuesday 24th March, 2020 at Oba Akenzua Hall.
In attendance at this training was the CMAC, Prof Omuemu, DCMACS, Profs Akoria and Adeleye, DDNS Asamah, Prof (Mrs) Sadoh, Dr Nwaneri (Director Institure of Child Health) and Dr Eki Udoko.

A total of 20 doctors, 17 nurses, 33 Paramedics, and one Lab scientist and environmental health officer each; drafted from various departments in the hospital were trained as part of the hospitals preparedness response.

Facilitators included Prof Akoria, Prof Adeleye, Dr Okwara, Dr Osaigbovo, Dr Obarisiagbon, Dr Ogboghodo and ADNS Uwugiaren.

The trainings covered:
– An overview of COVID-19
– Case identification of COVID-19
– Case Management of COVID-19
– Staff Risk Assessment
– Standard Precautions
– Practical demonstration session on donning and doffing PPE

Certificates were presented to participants at the end of the training.

International Training of Trainers in Geriatrics 2020

The 1st International Training of Trainers in Geriatrics which started on Monday 9th March has finally come to an end today Friday 13th March, 2020.

The international training programme aimed at equipping and updating various multi-disciplinary health professionals with the relevant knowledge and skills in providing quality care for older persons. The programme was attended by health professionals from different parts of the country as well as from the United States of America. Some retired staff of the Hospital were also in attendance.

The participants thanked Hospital Management for putting up such an impactful event, and they offered incisive feedbacks.

The Chief Medical Director, Professor Darlington Obaseki, who was the chief host thanked all participants for gracing the event. He also highlighted some reasons for organising such a programme. He stated that quality care for older persons is a priority for the Government and the Hospital. Professor Obaseki also appreciated the Hon. Minister of Health for graciously attending the opening ceremony and launching the Elder Friendly Hospital Initiative (ELDFRHI).

Professor Obaseki also used the opportunity to thank the sponsors of the programme, especially the Centre for Excellence in Reproductive Health Initiative (CERHI) for its unparalleled support of the programme. CERHI have also pledged support for the advancement of ELDFRHI.

An elated Professor Obaseki, commended the initiator of the programme, Professor Obehi Akoria, for her excellent performance both as a member of the Hospital Management team and for the excellently planned and executed training programme.

Declaring the International training programme closed, the CMD encouraged all participants to imbibe leadership attitude by using their time to train their staff to become abreast with the fundamental principles guiding their various work activities.

Finally, there was presentation of gifts to the International guest faculty Dr Matthew McNabney and his wife, both from the Johns Hopkins University in the USA who made sacrificial efforts to attend the programme. Certificates of completion of course was also issued to all participants of the programme.

The event closed with group photographs and exchange of pleasantries.

Presentation of gifts to the International guest faculty Dr Matthew McNabney and his wife

From left to right: Tayo Adelaja (Corporate Affairs Manager, West NBPlc, Chairman Medical Advisory Committee UBTH Prof.C. Omuemu, Corporate Affairs Director NBPlc Sade Morgan, CMD UBTH Prof D.E. Obaseki and Regional Business Manager, Benin NB PLC Mr. Kenneth Ediale.

The official Signing of MoU between Heineken African Foundation & University of Benin Teaching Hospital for the Neonatal Ward Renewal Project took place today the 11th March, 2020.

The Chief Medical Director, UBTH Prof D.E.Obaseki and Corporate Affairs Director, NB Plc Sade Morgan sign on behalf of their organizations respectively.

The University of Benin Teaching Hospital hosted the Honourable Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire.

While in UBTH, the Minister addressed a Press Conference on Situation Report of COVID-19, Commissioned some projects, Launched the Elder Friendly Hospital Initiative at the opening ceremony of the International Training of Trainers in Geriatrics Workshop.

Press Conference With The Honourable Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire @ The University of Benin Teaching Hospital Boardroom.

As part of the Honourable minister’s visit to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) on Monday 9th, March 2020, was the launching of the Elder Friendly Hospitals Initiative, meant to address the personal care and environmental needs of the older persons, ensuring that amenities in facilities are tailored to the peculiar needs of the older persons.

The launch also coincided with the ongoing International Training of Trainers in geriatrics at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital in collaboration with National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (NPMCN) & Centre of Excellence in Reproductive Health Innovation (CERHI).

At the launch, The Chief Medical Director of UBTH, Prof. Darlington Obaseki said the hospital is taking the lead in providing locally relevant and affordable training of international standard to multi-disciplinary professionals drawn from the three levels of the health sector (primary, secondary, tertiary) and that Geriatrics services in the hospital has impacted greatly on the health of older persons.

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