39 Years After, General Hospital, Ikorodu, Gets Lift As Management Continues Facility Improvement

Kunle Adelabu

-Calls for trauma, dialysis centres

General Hospital, Ikorodu.

In furtherance of its upgrade and rehabilitation of the medical facilities and provision of good and quality services to patients, the management of the General Hospital, Ikorodu, on Tuesday, March 22, 2022, took delivery of an elevator system.

According to Dr Taiwo Hassan, the Medical Director/Chief Executive Officer of the 286 – bed facility hospital established in 1983, the elevator, which was procured to aid patients’ movement from one ward to another, would be installed by the end of this month or first week in April.

The hospital boss made the announcement of the elevator delivery while highlighting the achievements recorded by the hospital since his deployment 19 months ago, when the Majority Leader, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, paid a courtesy visit to the medical facility.

The four – term lawmaker had visited to commend the management team and staff of the hospital and also to donate 10 medical beds and 10 mattresses.

Four – term lawmaker also pledged to discuss areas needing attention in the hospital with the Governor of Lagos, Mr Babajide Sanwo – Olu, Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi and Permanent Secretary, Health Commission, Dr Ademuyiwa Eniayewun.

Hon. Agunbiade (standing) addressing the MD/CEO, General Hospital, Ikorodu, Dr Hassan (middle) and the Deputy MD (right) during the reception organized by the hospital management for the visit.

“To God be the glory, we got a lift delivered two days ago which will be installed before the end of this month or first week in April”, Dr Hasssan said.

“This hospital was established in 1983, which is about 39 years ago and it is this administration that has been installing a lift since that time. I say thank you to the staff, it’s their innovation and thinking which have been brought to fruition”.

According to the Medical Director, other aspects of the General Hospital that have also witnessed  innovations and renovation are Post Natal Ward 2, Male and Female Wards, establishment of a Conference Room, reorganization of the General Patient Department, introduction of Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Card and the improved hospital’s frontage.

He also said that the Physiotherapy section of the hospital is now the best in the state and that the hospital now has improved Accident and Emergency Centre and Dental Department among many others.

Dr Hassan, who was the Best Charter Director in the same hospital from 2014 to 2020, before he was posted to Ebute – Metta Comprehensive Primary Health Centre, Lagos, stated that the General Hospital, lkorodu, is still being faced with challenges despite its giant strides in the last 19 months.

“All these achievements do not mean that we still don’t have challenges”, he told the Majority Leader.

“Hypertension and Diabetes are still very common in this environment and this is one of the commonest causes of kidney failures and when a patient comes in for treatment, there are no renal and dialysis centres in this General Hospital”, he said.

“This is one thing after my heart and which I want us to have here. At least 3 to 5 patients need dialysis every week and we resort to sending them to the General Hospital, Gbagada, or LASUTH.

“General Hospital, Ikorodu, in terms of seeing patients, is the largest aside from LASUTH. We are Category A hospital and number one in the category”, he said.

“We are the best in terms of the most improved General Hospital in Lagos State and we have the most supportive Medical Director in the State”.

He said that the facility, if provided, will help reduce deaths.

“If the Majority Leader can help champion it, we need a dialysis centre in Ikorodu. It is something that we have been yearning for and will of course, reduce death of patients with kidney failures. Every day, we send people to the General Hospital, Gbagada, with limited space and dialysis machines and most times, we lose those patients”, Dr Hassan said.

“Aside from the Dialysis centre, we also need a trauma centre. The General Hospital, Ikorodu, is the only hospital that is a major referral centre in Lagos East, and if there is a major accident, we cannot take the load because we don’t have a major trauma centre”, he added.

“We need a trauma centre in Ikorodu to serve as a Divisional Trauma Centre that will be replicated in the five Divisions in Lagos State. This will assist in stopping needless deaths resulting from trauma which is caused by car accidents along Ijebu – Ode and Shagamu roads”.

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