The Abel Guobadia Specialist Hospital (AGSH) of the Women’s Health and Action Research Centre (WHARC) organised a one day public lecture and conducted a free immunization/laboratory tests for the citizenry of Edo State on Friday, 31st August, 2018. A total of one hundred and twenty one (121) participants benefited from the free routine laboratory testing which included HIV test, hepatitis B virus test, malaria parasite test, fasting blood sugar test, vital signs check including blood pressure, height and weight checks, free counselling and medical consultation services, as well as free immunization for children.
The public lecture which was themed “Staying Alive” was organised to enlighten the masses on “The Role of Laboratory Testing and Immunization in Healthcare Delivery” with the objectives to create public awareness on the importance of laboratory testing and immunization services in effective healthcare services.
The Medical Director Abel Guobadia Specialist Hospital, Professor F.E. Okonofua welcomed the participants and said the reason for the workshop was to create awareness and dispel common misconceptions about health and health seeking behaviours. He said the health facility is a place for health check-up and that religious belief should not deter one from seeking healthcare in hospitals. He reiterated that routine medical check-ups and early diagnosis is key to preventing major fatal ailment and sudden death. He added that cultivating the habit of regular exercise, balanced diet, routine medical check-ups are vital to long living. He concluded by urging all participants to always go for medical check -ups and routine medical testing for early detection of major ailment like hepatitis, HIV, etc. at least every six months.
The Laboratory Scientist, Abel Guobadia Specialist Hospital Mrs. Amaka Orji in her lecture on the role of laboratory testing in healthcare delivery emphasized that the laboratory is a key component of healthcare setting and laboratory testing is necessary for accurate diagnosis and treatment of an ailment. She highlighted the categories of Laboratory tests and their relevance. She mentioned that early testing helps for early diagnosis of ailment and help to avert preventable death.
Dr. Victor Ohenhen, Head of Department Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Central Hospital Benin City added that the public should not pay attention to road side and market side laboratory vendors that claim a single test can serve as a comprehensive test; he said such claims should be refuted because it lacks scientific evidence. He concluded that people should always go to a certified laboratory or hospital for laboratory testing.
The Head Nurse Abel Guobadia Specialist Hospital, Mrs. Otobong Onyenania delivered a lecture on immunization in healthcare delivery. She focused on the six (6) killer diseases which were Poliomyelitis, Measles, Tuberculosis, Tetanus, Pertusis (Whooping cough) and Diphtheria. She educated the participants on major childhood immunization, routine immunization schedule, different types of vaccines and more.
The Executive Director WHARC, Dr. Wilson Imongan mentioned that Abel Guobadia Specialist Hospital offers professional medical services with ultra-modern medical equipments such as:
- Semen Analyser: It is used for detailed analysis of spermatozoa.
- Child Resuscitaire Machine: it is used for baby resuscitation after delivery.
- Anaesthetic machine: it is used by anaesthetist to make a patient comfortable during surgery
- Diathermy machine: it is used for coagulating blood vessels thereby reducing haemorrhage during surgery.
- 3D ultra sound machine: it is used for 3D ultra sound imaging.
In their goodwill messages, the Assistant Director, Medical laboratory Scientist, Central Hospital Benin City Mr. Otebhi G. E. thanked the management of WHARC and Abel Guobadia Specialist Hospital for the Initiative. He said that the cost of the free laboratory tests from professional experience is estimated at ten thousand naira (N10,000) per patient. He was excited about the semen auto-analyser, he said that it was his first time of seeing such a machine in Edo State and would like to partner with Abel Guobadia Specialist Hospital on the use of the semen analyser.
Mr Lawrence Nosakhare Idemudia, Secretary Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN) Edo State Chapter lauded Abel Guobadia Specialist Hospital for her efforts and said his Association is ready to collaborate with the Hospital. He mentioned that maintenance culture on health matters is poor among Nigerians; hence, the gain of the lecture to promote good health seeking behaviour among the general populace was highly commendable.
Mr. Michael Odiahi representative of the Chairman National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) commended WHARC and AGSH for her efforts in enlightening the masses of Edo State on sensitive health matters. He was happy to observe that all the nurses at AGSH were qualified nurses who are duly registered with the Nursing Council of Nigeria.
A female Participant and Beneficiary from a village in Uhunmwode LGA commended the efforts of the Management of Abel Guobadia Specialist Hospital and mentioned that she heard of the invitation on radio and that she had learnt and benefited from the program. She promised to go for regular check-up and also pleaded with the management to sustain the program for others to benefit. Also, a male participant and beneficiary from Oredo Local Government said he heard of the invitation on the radio and that the reception, laboratory testing and lecture met his expectations and hoped that the initiative would be sustained.