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UCH Seeks Private Partnership On Sickle Cell Treatment

Posted: Sep 4, 2015 at 12:09 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Oladele Ogunsola


The University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, has sought the assistance of private partnership in the treatment of sickle cell anaemia.

The appeal is coming following the rising cases of  life threatening ailments in Oyo State.

The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the tertiary hospital, Temitope Alonge, made the call on Thursday  while conducting representatives of a Japanese based Health providing Company, ‘TERUMO’ on a facility tour of the hospital.

During the visit, the company donated medical equipment ‘Aphresis’ for the management of sickle cell anaemia patients in the hospital while its representatives assured of more assistance to the hospital after the tour.

Facilities inspected the Sickle Cell Anaemia centre still under construction, the Geriatric Centre, the renovated blood bank,  among others.

Alonge disclosed that findings by the UCH had revealed that in recent times, major causes of death of patients recorded at the hospital had been due to infection, cancer, injuries (trauma), cardiovascular problems and sickle cell anaemia.

He pointed out that the hospital “is doing its best to ensure that patients suffering from any of these ailments and who are attending the hospital are given the best of treatment”.

The CMD added that the reality that government could not fully fund all the needs of its hospitals made UCH to look out for private partnership in its activities, especially in the procurement of facilities.

He disclosed that the hospital began the private partnership initiative in 2007, urging the media to assist the hospital in securing more genuine interested parties to offer more assistance to the hospital.

After the facility tour, the Group Chairman of TERUMO, Koji Nakao said, “UCH has potentials and Professor Alonge has been trying to do many things here. Just like many endeavours, there are also challenges but we believe with what we have seen on ground, the hospital is forging ahead and should be supported and encouraged”.