The management of the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital played host to a delegation from the Nigerian Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC). The leader of the delegation Dr. Femi Akin, while briefing management said his company has come to ascertain areas of support in preparation of the fast spreading Corona virus which has recently been declared a pandemic. He said, the objective of their (SPDC) visit was to initiate areas of ‘quick wins’ to enable UPTH become a Diagnostic Center for these peculiar viral infections, to stop the trend of sending samples to Lagos and Special Test Centres.
UPTH should become a Test Center and therefore the necessary kits and machinery can be provided for support, since the hospital already has the competence for such exercise.
Reeling out the direction to the quick wins project, Dr. Akin said, the setting up of an Holding Area, equipping of the Intensive Care Unit (for the Elderly) and Special Care Baby Unit will be targeted as the intervention areas in preparation for the treatment of potential cases.
He acknowledged the visit of the 40th Anniversary team from UPTH to its facilities and the request for support, but said such request will be considered as medium/short term projects, reiterating that the current visit is immediate intervention SPDC will embark on to curb the spread of viral diseases.
Representing the Health Mangement Committee members, the Chairman Medical Advisory Committee, Professor Princewill C. Stanley, who warmly welcomed the SPDC delegation, stated that the company has continued to give quick response to her corporate social responsibility. He appreciated the team, as he recalled the swift response of the SPDC Fire Service arm for promptly responding to the distress call that averted the fire outbreak at the Hospital’s Generator house.
He seized the moment to remind the company on areas of support such as the functionality and upgrading of UPTH Cardiothoracic Centre, Renal Center and the ICU Centers, including support for the Center for Elderly Persons care (CEPU). He said the hospital management is pleased to offer a space for the erection of a Special Treatment Center for viral infections spread, control and treatments.
Thereafter, the UPTH team led the visiting team to the proposed sites for the Infectious Disease Treatment Center, the Laboratories, ICU, SCBU and others. UPTH now awaits treatment centres that would meet international standards, equipped and capable of providing necessary health care services to tackle viral pandemics.