Claims about Uzere Cottage Hospital’s deplorable state not true- Medical Officer

By Kelvin Ohoror

The Medical Officer in charge of Uzere Cottage Hospital, in Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State Dr Chuks Obonodi, has stated that majority of the claims by some group of people about the Uzere Cottage Hospital’s deplorable conditions on social media are false.

He made this known to newsmen during a courtesy visit to the cottage hospital recently.

According to him, “What they informed you people and what they are saying on social about Uzere Cottage Hospital, I can tell you that majority of the information are false.

“There is no roof leakage in Uzere Cottage Hospital, it was only the taps that we have leakage but we fixed it long time ago.

He added, “We have beds, but the fact that the beds are old does not mean that there is no bed in the hospital. We have 31 beds in the hospital.

Concerning the shortage of medical personnel in the cottage hospital, Dr Obonodi stated that “There is no shortage of medical personnel, there was a time we have 3 medical doctors, I don’t see any insufficiency of doctors in Uzere Cottage Hospital.

“It could be possible that a doctor went out to go and eat or refresh and a patient comes he or she did not see the doctor immediately. Most times a doctor could have overworked throughout the night then in the morning, he will go and freshen up.

“The problem we have with patients, especially from the community is impatient because you have to wait for the doctor, the doctor is not a donkey, he also needs time to rest.

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“When I came newly there was some laboratory test we normally do when I was in Ubiaruku. I do write those tests for them to do, but they said the instruments to carry out the test are not available.

He noted that the Uzere Cottage Hospital needs a Haematology Analyzer (5-part Mindray machine), Chemistry Analyzer (Mindray B A 88), X-ray machine (building) lead lining, 3D ultrasound machine, drip stands, Anglepoise lamp, Theatre light, laboratory Autoclave, sterilizer, weeder machine.

He also confirmed that there is electricity supply from Heritage Energy Oil Services Limited, stating that, initially when the light was reconnected in June this year it was 24 hours. But for 6 weeks now, it is only in the evening from about 6 pm to 6 am.

He said they discovered that the company at the moment is not in functioning to its full capacity hence the shortage of electricity supply.

He also confirmed to The Trumpet Newspaper that, the Uzere Cottage Hospital ambulance is in good condition and is working fine.

He commended the Managing Director of DESOPADEC Bashorun Askia Ogieh and the President General of the community Chief Brooklyn Essi for the recent equipment donated to the Uzere Cottage Hospital.

The equipment donated to the Uzere Cottage Hospital includes; 1 Theatre table, 2 television, 4 tables, 1 standing fan, 1 laboratory incubator, electric sunctoning machine, 5 office rolling chairs, electrophoresis machine tank, 4 sphygmomanometer, 4 waiting chairs, 4 cartons of universal container, baby weighing scale, 1 nebulizer, 1 carton of methylated spirit, 1 oxygen concentrator, 2 adult weighing scale, 1 autoclave, 10 cartons of hand gloves, 1 microscope, 10 surgical gowns, 2 wheelchairs, delivery bed, 24 chairs, 1 oxygen cylinder, 1 shelf, pulse oximeter, 4 laboratory consumables, 1 fetal doppler, 2 refrigerator, 1 autoclave drum, 1funnel, 2ml syringes, amongst other equipment.

Dr Obonodi however urged the people of Uzere community coming to the Cottage Hospital for treatment to always endeavour to exercise patience because sometimes a doctor might be in the labour or theatre room attending to a patient.

He also said, raising false alarm because you did not see a doctor at the moment of visitation does not portray a good image of the hospital.

Mrs Duku F.B also confirmed that the Uzere cottage hospital nurses are always on duty, stating that they have 2 nurses and 6 health assistants in the hospital.

Newsmen were taken round to inspect the facilities of the hospital by the Administration Officer Mrs Akpore Eunice took.

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