The University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH), Gwagwalada admitted and managed 605 COVID-19 cases and 400 out patients in the last one year.
The Chief Medical Director, UATH, Prof. Bissalla Ekele during the one year anniversary of UATH COVID-19 Isolation and Treatment Centre, said although 19 mortality were recorded but none of the staff of was lost during the pandemic.
He lauded the efforts of the COVID-19 task force team who are volunteers who are professional health workers like Doctors, Nurses, Hygienists, and others.
Prof. Bissalla who said they had to go to Lagos to understudy how they would tackle the virus before the first case in Abuja added that that step help the team to put up the best in their efforts to tackle the virus.
He attributed the attributed the successes recorded at the facilities which was later said to be a world class Centre to God factor, political will from President Mohammadu Buhari and the determination by healthbworkers to the successful manage and treat patients brought to the hospital in the past one year.
“I am impressed with performance of our health workers, the team are volunteers who came from different units of the hospital and surprisingly all of them are senior health workers: Doctors, Nurses, Laboratory scientist, Hygienists, others.”
Prof. Bissalla said the outcome of patients they have managed have given them consolation that the sacrifice is worth it because most of the patients came out in good health.
Also speaking on the COVID-19 vaccines he said, almost 60% of their health workers have received the vaccine without any effects. “I mean once in a while people will complain of pain in the arm but I say who will not have pains but it is not as the now going round the soccial media .”
He reassured the public of the vaccine safety while stressing the need for all to adhere to safety measures in order to effectively control spread of the virus.
“Fortunately for Nigeria, the highest political will has been shown. The President, Vice President, Ministers have taken the vaccine all we need to do is follow our leaders because the disease is real.
“I will advise that after health workers, and it’s time for the vaccination to be rolled out to members of the public, they should take advantage of it so that we can all be protected, live to cater for our children and develop the country,” he said.
The UATH COVID-19 Team Lead, Dr. Yunusa Tahir also said they were motivated to work in the isolation Centre to make Nigeria a hub of infections disease control, make a name for themselves and to also discourage medical tourism in the country.
“Our motivation is from our CMD that ensured he made everything available for us to work with, secondly we were motivated to do something great for our country because we didn’t want a situation where Covid19 patients would be taken out of the country for treatment and medical tourism will continue.
“Thirdly, Africa is the hub of tropical disease and we wanted to make Nigeria the hub of the treatment of infections diseases, it was an opportunity meant for us to grab and make name for ourselves.”.
In her presentation titled, “Management of COVID-19: The UATH experience” Dr. Vivian Kwaghe, a team.member disclosed tha it has been very challenging and an experience of a lifetime to partake in the pandemic of this magnitude.
“We started without knowing where we were going to but by God’s grace it’s one year of successfully managing COVID-19 in UATH and we are all alive to tell the story.”