Borne out of the desire to provide quality and affordable emergency services to accident victims in a timely and cost effective manner, Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited is to commence the construction of a world class Trauma centre at the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital in Akwa Ibom.
This was made known in Uyo when the Committee in charge of the Project led by the state Commissioner for Health Dr Dominic Ukpong visited the site of the Centre at the Teaching Hospital.
The centre he said is conceived to delivers full spectrum of care to injured patient, from severe to acute care and rehabilitation.
Dr Ukpong explained that the centre when completed will act as a continuum of integrated care between out-of-hospital and hospital providers with close co-operation of medical specialists and other health care providers in each phase of care.
The trauma centre according to him when completed will constitutes a medical facility where the acutely injured patient can receive full resuscitation, assessment and appropriate disposition on a 24 hour basis’’ Ukpong stated.
Welcoming the project Committee, Chief Medical Director of the Teaching Hospital Professor Etete Peters said that the most common causes of injury that bring patients to a trauma centres are falls and motor vehicle crashes which usually cause life-threatening trauma in multiple areas of the body.
He noted that Trauma cases from Road Traffic Accidents account for much of the huge figures of fatalities recorded on Nigeria roads while outright fatalities are permanent incapacitation and or disabilities are recorded in their thousands.
According to Professor Etete Peters, with the advent of the new centre two problems are to become history as there will be a brand new Accident and Emergency Department working in conjunction with extant agencies to bring immediate care.
He thanked Exxon Mobil for the magnanimity and show of love to traumatic patients and citizens of Akwa Ibom as exemplified in the in the donation of the centre and assured them of the Hospital’s cooperation and called on other mulit-nationals oil companies operating in Akwa Ibom to emulate the kind gesture of Exxon Mobil.
To be built on an expanse of land within the Hospital premises, the Trauma Centre will consist of Call Centre, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Hospital and Heliport.