COVID-19: Lafia hospital takes delivery of 4 ventilators
The Dalharu Araf Specialist Hospital (DASH), Lafia has taken delivery of four ventilators preparatory to handling any serious case of the coronavirus disease, Chief Medical Director, Dr. Hassan Ikrama, told NAN on Wednesday in Lafia.
Mr. Ikrama said the state government has supplied sufficient Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the hospital to reposition it toward tackling any second wave of the disease.
He explained that the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the isolation centre at the hospital was properly equipped with ventilators
and monitors, among others.
He added that the hospital had reactivated the infections prevention and rapid response committees with a view to training staff
and ensuring that patients got the required attention.
Mr. Ikrama lauded the completion of the Lafia Infectious Diseases Diagnostic and Research Development Centre.
He noted that the centre had helped in testing and treating COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.
He added that “before this centre became operational, samples were being taken to Abuja and usually takes up to three days before getting results.
“But now, samples are being tested at the centre and you get the result the same day.”
The chief medical director disclosed that the facility had managed 197 cases of COVID-19 and successfully treated and discharged 184 patients since the outbreak of the pandemic.
He also said that the hospital presently had one suspected case and one confirmed patient of the virus and urged the public to always observe safety protocols as the only way to curtail the spread of the virus.
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