…As UNILAG targets 9,000 placements for 2019/2020 academic session***
In its bid to reduce the long surgery waiting period, the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, has acquired nine state-of-the art anaesthesia machines and equipment worth over N81 million.
The UCH Chief Medical Director, Prof. Jesse Otegbayo, stated this on Friday in Ibadan at the opening of the redesigned main theatre of the hospital.
Otegbayo said that leveraging on technological advances in the specialty of anaesthesiology would help improve patients’ care and speed up surgical procedures.
“When I went round the theatre at the inception of my administration, I saw the poor state of the facility, including the toilets and the changing rooms.
“The newly redesigned and renovated theatre is part of efforts to continue with the two cardinal points of this administration which are welfare of the staffers and comfort of our patients.
“We also got rid of the obsolete anaesthetic equipment and provide state-of -the-art anaesthetic equipment, as obtainable elsewhere in the world.
“With the equipment, the waiting list for surgeries will be reduced and access to surgical procedures easier, while there will be an increase in the number of surgeries being done.
“When the surgeons and other support staff are comfortable and have good work environment, they will be more passionate about their jobs and it will consequently affect healthcare outcome positively,’’ he said.
In his remarks, a professor of surgery, Samuel Ogunlade, commended the responsiveness and sensitivity of the CMD to the challenges being faced by theatre workers.
Ogunlade said that the work of anaesthesiologists, who form an integral part of surgical team, had been tedious due to working with obsolete and inadequate equipment.
“One of the problems in the surgery department is anaesthesia; sometimes, scheduled surgeries had to be cancelled or delayed because we didn’t have the right machine.
“Oftentimes, the few obsolete ones had to be shared, some of which were acquired about 20 years ago or even more.
“With the newly-acquired state-of-the-art equipment, anaesthesiologists can do their jobs confidently without fear of exposing the patients to unnecessary danger,’’ he said.
According to him, surgical procedures in the hospital will be faster, safer and easier, adding that it will also reduce recovery time and improve the overall healthcare outcomes.
In the meantime, the University of Lagos (UNILAG) on Friday said that at least 25,000 candidates participated in the institution’s Post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) which ended on Friday.
An official in the admissions office of the university, who spoke anonymously, made disclosure to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
According to the official, over 60, 000 candidates applied for admission into the institution for the 2019/2020 academic session.
He noted that of the figure, over 35,000 obtained 200 marks and above at this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) organised by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
The official said that candidates who scored 200 and above were eligible to participate in the institution’s Post UTME
“At least 9,000 candidates would be given placement into the university for the various undergraduate programmes.
“For any candidate to be considered for admission in our institution, he or she must have scored 12 points,’’ the official said.
NAN reports that the Post UTME carries a total of 30 marks.
“The examination started on Monday, Aug. 26 and so far, it has been hitch-free. The university acquired more computers and their back-ups, which have all been in top shape, while the tests lasted.
“The electricity too was uninterrupted. We have not recorded any impersonation too, probably because of the measures put in place.
“This year’s examination has turned out to be one of the best we have ever recorded in recent times. JAMB made available to us images of the candidates coupled with the biometric machines used in authenticating them.
“We must also give credit to the candidates because most of them now know how the system works, how to operate the computers, thereby taking pressure off the examiners,’’ the official told NAN.