By Oluwafunke Ishola
Lagos – The Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), says it has developed six COVID-19-related research proposals to enhance the containment strategies against the pandemic.
Prof. Adetokunbo Fabamwo, the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, made the disclosure in a statement, updating the public on LASUTH’s role in the state’s COVID-19 response.
He said the research studies also focus on coagulation factors and COVID-19 as well as the role of multi-morbidity and multi-organ dysfunction in COVID-19.
“The hospital is poised to carry out these studies, for which external and internal funding is already being sought.
“The commissioner for health has been informed about this,’’ the CMD said.
According to him, the LASUTH Ethical Committee has been reviewing and giving approvals to the proposed research studies from the state research committee.
“A philanthropist is putting up another 30-bed holding bay for LASUTH.
Fabamwo said that LASUTH has the capacity to conduct COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests.
“However, two things needed to happen; our gene expert machine needs to be adapted and reagents kits need to be provided for the tests,’’ he said.
“The architecture of the wards in LASUTH is of the cottage hospital type.
“The wards are interwoven and dangerously close to each other.
“This will negatively impact on LASUTH’s ability to perform its primary tertiary function.
“However, LASUTH will continue to be able to treat complications from COVID-19 such as dialysis for renal failure and critical care.’’
The CMD said that the hospital had risen up to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and played a major role in all the state’s COVID-19 related activities, including airport passengers screening and surveillance, and treatment of patients at various isolation facilities.
Fabamwo said that LASUTH had deployed the best of its experts, including its Director of Clinical Services and Training, to participate in all areas of the state’s response to the pandemic.