Declare state of emergency on Oyo State Hospitals, Nigeria
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Olufemi Oluwajobi, 32 years was a radio journalist based in Ibadan, Oyo State. He was involved in a road traffic accident on the New Year Eve. When taken to the State owned hospital at Ring Road, Ibadan, the hospital was in total darkness because the main electricity supply to the hospital had been cut off for owing huge debt to the supplier and no functional generator. There were no medical equipments and competent medical staff to manage his condition. There were no functional ambulance to transport patient to secondary facility UCH. On his way to the UCH in a private vehicle, he died.
'Femi Olujobi could have been saved if the hospital were in good condition with adequate medical equipment , necessary emergency supplies and competent medical staff who could have attended competently to the deceased.
The hospital, like all other state owned hospitals lacked basic medical equipments and competent personnel.
The Oyo state hospitals lacked a single Intensive Care Unit for a population of almost 10 million people.
Not a single functional ambulance could be credited to the Oyo state hospital management board. The state had no single ambulance nurse in his employment.
The state hospital management service had no single Emergency Medical Service qualified staff on his employment.
The state health and medical situation requires a complete overhaul and state of emergency declared for necessary upgrade.
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