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We Have Re-Open Our Accident, Emergency Unit At FMC - Management

The emergency section of the hospital
Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji 
ABEOKUTA - The authorities of Federal Medica Centre, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta have re-opened  the Accident and Emergency unit to the public.

It would be recalled that, the emergency unit was temporarily shut down on last week following the death of a COVID-19 patient in the unit complex.

According to the hospital's Head of Public Relations, Mr. Segun Orisajo the shutdown of the emergency unit was to allow for a thorough decontamination.

Orisajo in a press release obtained by our reporter, said some  patients were already being attended to by the Unit's health care providers.

He added that, the management has introduced some new safety measures for both the staff and patients.

These include the institution of an algorithm/ protocol for the unit staff before admitting any patient into the Accident and Emergency unit.

Similarly, he said a triaging system has been put in place to identify the level of exposure and suspicion of all patients.
Patients triaging at the emergency unit entrance
Orisajo quoted a Senior medical officer in the unit saying "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."

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

"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.

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