The Lagos State College Instructing Hospital (LASUTH) in turning into a world class quaternary heart has continued to develop its emergency preparedness and response to cater for the ever-increasing inhabitants of Lagos State which is roughly 25 million.
LASUTH has a excessive expert work pressure and state-of-the-artwork gear. LASUTH is a referral centre for main and secondary centres together with personal hospitals.
Preparedness is a steady cycle of planning, organising, coaching, equipping, speaking, train analysis and enchancment actions to make sure efficient coordination and enhancement of capabilities to forestall, shield in opposition to, responds to, recuperate from and mitigate the impact of an emergency incident.
LASUTH already has a Illness and An infection Prevention and Management Committee in place for greater than eight years and has been coaching staff on each Normal and Transmission based mostly precautions. A Disaster Administration Committee was additionally arrange 5 (5) weeks in the past and a triage protocol in screening, isolation and notification of extremely infectious ailments, which aren’t restricted to Lassa fever, Ebola fever and COVID-19 was developed and is being strictly adhered to. Our minimal acceptable degree is customary precaution.
Our medical personnel have already been educated to take all precautionary measures to forestall, shield in opposition to, reply to, and mitigate the impact of an emergency incident. Sensitization and additional coaching had been organised two weeks in the past at a particular grand spherical version, the place the State Epidemiologist, the An infection Management staff, Household Doctor and Group well being Specialist had been current to teach and inform adequately.
As a part of the hospitals preparedness, Private Protecting Tools (PPE) had been procured 4 (4) weeks in the past and deployed on the 27th and 28th of January to all entry factors. PPE is used solely based mostly on threat evaluation and when seeing sufferers after which they’re appropriately disposed into colour-coded bins. They aren’t to be worn as a part of dressing when not attending to sufferers. Computerized hand-sanitizer dispensers have been put in in any respect the service entry factors and all efforts are in place to make sure there may be fixed working water for correct hand hygiene hospital huge.
Our holding space is just not a quarantine facility nor an isolation ward. It’s a holding space for sufferers that matches the algorithm for case definition of an infection of excessive penalties pending affirmation by laboratory investigation. All sufferers who’re introduced on the emergencies are screened utilizing the Triage Protocol; temperature measurement, journey historical past and so forth. and those that match into the case definition are stored within the holding bay to guard the overall inhabitants of workers and sufferers within the emergencies. Whereas within the holding space, vital medical and assist care is given whereas awaiting the results of laboratory investigation for the infectious ailments; this course of is inside 24 hours. Sufferers with optimistic outcomes for infections of excessive consequence are transferred to Mainland Hospital or into the overall pool of sufferers if adverse. It’s pertinent to notice the holding space is presently being upgraded.
LASUTH has all the time been enjoying a distinguished function in containing extremely infectious ailments in Lagos. We’re prepared in collaboration with Lagos State Authorities, in step with international greatest apply and precaution to display, isolate and deal with suspected sufferers in addition to shield the folks of Lagos State.
Adewale is public affairs specialist. He could be reached by way of [email protected]