By Owen Akenzua, Asaba
The Chief Medical Director of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Prof. Darlington Obaseki has said that the high death rate recorded at the hospital is because most patients were brought to the hospital when their health had deteriorated beyond treatment.
Obaseki spoke in an exclusive interview with Newsdiaryonline in Asaba on Wednesday.
According to him, the hospital management as well as his medical team were faced with the challenge of referring patients to the hospital late.
“UBTH, established in 1973 is now the second best in the country and highly functional with specialized services in special baby care unit, oncology special care and renal dialysis, fertilization treatment and stem cell plant. Over 2,000 patients are treated on daily basis at the hospital,” Obaseki said.
Speaking on poor services by management of the hospital, he said that staff of the hospital were over-worked. “The hospital has 700 nurses that take care of over 5,000 patients. The number of National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) enrollees has risen from 10,000 to 75,000.
“Over 2,400 patients are treated on daily basis, while generic drugs are usually given as against branded ones which are expensive. The management and medical personnel are bleeding in NHIS services and the challenges are enormous, especially with financial resources and dearth of essential equipment, such as magnetic resonance image (MRI) and other core facilities to boost standards,” Obaseki said..