LUTH, EKO Hospitals Render Skeletal Services

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The Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) and Eko Hospital, Lagos, have been rendering skeletal services since the nationwide strike over the Federal Government’s removal of the fuel subsidy began on Monday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that at least three patients, including a protester, allegedly shot in the head by the police at Obalende, were on admission at LUTH on Wednesday.

Dr. Akeremale Stephen, of the hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department, who confirmed receiving the victims to NAN, said that they would spare no effort to save their lives.

DSP Samuel Jinadu, the State Police Command’s spokesman, said that no life was lost in the shooting.

Jinadu said that the command had deployed more men to Obalende and Victoria Island to maintain Law and order.

“The officers and men of the command are equal to the task to ensure the protection of lives and property,” the PPRO said.

Meanwhile, Stephen said that many doctors and nurses could not report to work because of transportation problems, as commercial drivers had withdrawn their buses since Monday.

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According to him, the number of porters, doctors and nurses currently working is not enough to meet LUTH’s current health-care demands.

Stephen complained that doctors were compelled to provide other services, which ought to be rendered by attendants and porters.

“The volume of work is unimaginable,” he said.

Similarly, at the Eko Hospital, Dr. Gbite Ogunmokun, the Chief Consultant and Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology/Fatality Department, said that the hospital had been providing skeletal services, regardless of the nature of the cases.

He explained that general services had been suspended in compliance with the Nigeria Medical Association’s directives, although “skeletal services were in full force”.

One of the patient’s relative at Eko Hospital, who simply gave his name as Taiwo, was happy that the hospital was rendering skeletal services.

“I am happy that my sister was admitted here for treatment,” Taiwo said.

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