FMC Abeokuta Re - Opens Accident & Emergency Unit To Patients - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Tuesday, May 12, 2020

FMC Abeokuta Re - Opens Accident & Emergency Unit To Patients


From Ayobami Ife, Abeokuta

The Management of Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta, Ogun state, has re-opened the Accident and Emergency(A&E) unit of the facility to the public.

The Daily Crucible recalls that the unit was temporarily shut down on Saturday, May 2, 2020 to allow for a thorough decontamination following the death of a covid -19 positive patient in the unit complex.

As of Monday (yesterday) some  patients were seen being attended to by the Unit's health care providers while the Medical Director was equally sighted at the facility  to ensure smooth discharge of services to the patients.

But there is now a tinge of change of proceedure in admitting new patient to the unit. Unlike before, some new safety measures have been introduced for both the staff and patients.

The new measures, according to Segun Orisajo, the Head, FMC's Public Relations & Information, include the institution of an algorithm/ protocol for the unit staff before admitting any patient into the Accident and Emergency unit.

Similarly, a triaging system has been put in place to identify the level of exposure and suspicion of all patients.

Speaking on this, a Senior medical officer in the unit said:"under the new arrangement, no patient can come and move straight into the A& E unit without being fully assessed whether to go in or be attended to elsewhere within the hospital facilities."

And while addressing the staff of the unit, the Medical Director, Prof. Musa-Olomu, reassured them of the Management's concern for their safety.

He said: "I wish to appreciate you and salute your courage as front liners in the care of our patients.

" Let me assure you again that Management is fully aware of the risks of this job and that is why we are decisive in our efforts at ensuring that you're all protected.

"You will recall that between last week and this morning, we had received two consignments of Personnal Protective Equipment ( PPE) from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

"I have been assured that stock will be replenished before we exhaust the supply."
He urged the staff and patients to close their ears to the lies  from  those agents  of progress who had sold themselves to creating panic and anxiety among staff and the public."

Also, some of the patients spoke to expressed gratitude to the Management for the early reopening of the unit.

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