A Consultant Paediatrician at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), Dr Omotayo Adesiyun, has called on the Federal Government to resuscitate pre-hospital care in Nigeria.
Adesiyun made the call in Ilorin while presenting a paper at the 36th Annual General Meeting and Scientific Confrence of the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), Uinversity of Ilorin (UITH) Chapter.
Pre-hospital emergency medicine, also known as pre-hospital care, is a medical subspecialty which focuses on caring for seriously ill or injured patients before they reach the hospital.
Adesiyun’s presentation was entitled:” Current Trends in the Management of Paediatrics Emergencies.”
She called for well equipped and appropriately staffed ambulances and a proper communication system which would assist children in emergencies.
According to her, the anatomy of children makes them prone to injuries as they have less protective muscles and fat as well as piliable skeleton.
The expert on children health listed causes of paediatric emergencies to include asthma, poisoning, burns, assault and trauma.
She warned mothers against force-feeding their babies, saying they could asphyxiate and choke on the food.
Adesiyun also appealed to people to make their homes and schools safe for children, adding that ventilation remains important at all times.
Also speaking at the event, Olusegun Adeniyi, the Chairman of the Editorial Board of Thisday Newspaper, said Nigerians who embark on medical tourism abroad were vulnerable to complications.
This, he said, was due to poor health service delivery because of language barrier and exploitation.
Adeniyi spoke on the topic:”The Interminable Trend in Medical Tourism in Nigeria: A corollary or Ancillary of the Collapse in the Health Sector.”
“There is nothing we can do to stop medical tourism except for Nigeria to prioritise the health sector and embrace such international practice such as global marketing campaign to market our policy on health,” Adeniyi said.
Adeniyi advised government to fund and upgrade the health sector, adding that these required the intervention of all stakeholders.