The Chairman, Board of Management of the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH), Alhaji Hadi Ukasha, has inaugurated the hospital’s newly equipped COVID-19 Isolation Intensive Care Unit.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony on Friday, Ukasha lauded the Federal Government for the intervention which, he described as timely in preparation for any eventuality regarding the much talked about third wave of the pandemic.
Ukasha, who observed that for the past six months there were no admitted case of COVID-19 at the hospital, urged the public to adhere strictly to the COVID-19 protocols as the best measure to containing the pandemic.
Also speaking, the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Prof. Ahmed Ahijo, said the 36-bed isolation unit comprising 10-bed Intensive Care Unit (ICU) was part of Federal Government COVID-19 intervention programme in all Teaching Hospitals and Federal Medical Centres.
Ahijo said with this development, the hospital now had a complete centre equipped with an isolation ward, personal protection equipment and others consumables, as well as two new additional testing machines.
“We have ventilators and virtually everything that you need in managing severe COVID-19 cases.
“There is also supportive facilities like the radiology and dialysis section, in case of renal failure, which is one of the challenges of COVID-19 patients,” Ahijo said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a Molecular laboratory was also inaugurated at the ceremony.