• Short Summary

    BIAFRA, THE NAME ADOPTED BY THE BREAKAWAY REGION OF EASTERN NIGERIA, HAS BEEN SWIFT IN PROVIDING MEDICAL SERVICES AND TEACHING HOSPITALS FOR THOSE STUDENTS NOW UNABLE TO USE SIMILAR INSTITUTIONS IN IBADAN AND LAGOS.

  • Description

    BIAFRA, THE NAME ADOPTED BY THE BREAKAWAY REGION OF EASTERN NIGERIA, HAS BEEN SWIFT IN PROVIDING MEDICAL SERVICES AND TEACHING HOSPITALS FOR THOSE STUDENTS NOW UNABLE TO USE SIMILAR INSTITUTIONS IN IBADAN AND LAGOS. THE MEDICAL SCHOOL OF THE UNIVERSITY OF BIAFRA AND ITS ASSOCIATED TEACHING HOSPITAL CAME INTO EXISTENCE IN MARCH, 1967, AS A DIRECT RESULT OF THE POLITICAL UPHEAVAL IN NIGERIA.

    ACCORDING TO INFORMATION FROM THE MEDICAL SCHOOL, THE PRESENT RATIO OF DOCTORS TO POPULATION IN BIAFRA IS 1 TO 60,000 (A DESIRABLE RATIO WOULD BE 1 TO 10,000). MANY PROBLEMS PRESENTED THEMSELVES WHEN THE HOSPITAL UNDERTOOK THE TRAINING OF THE STUDENTS AFTER THE BREAK-AWAY MOVE - THE STUDENTS WERE THEMSELVES AT VARIOUS STAGES OF TRAINING WHEN THEIR WESTERN NIGERIAN STUDIES ENDED.

    FORTUNATELY, A GROUP OF HIGHLY TRAINED AND VERY EXPERIENCED INDIGENOUS MEDICAL TEACHERS WERE AVAILABLE, WHO WERE APPOINTED TO THE UNIVERSITY AND WHO UNDERTOOK THE ORGANISATION OF SIMULTANEOUS PROGRAMMES OF STUDY COVERING THE FIVE-YEAR TRAINING PERIOD. AMONG THEM IS J.O. OJUKWU, ELDER BROTHER OF THE MILITARY GOVERNOR OF BIAFRA.

    AS THERE WAS NO TIME TO BUILD A TEACHING HOSPITAL, A GOVERNMENT HOSPITAL WAS TAKEN OVER BY THE TEACHING BOARD. URGENT STEPS WERE TAKEN TO MODERNISE THE HOSPITAL, AND 300 BEDS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR PATIENTS.

    THE JUNIOR MEDICAL STAFF, STILL UNDER TRAINING AS MEDICAL TEACHERS, NUMBER 55. THEIR SENIORS ON THE STAFF OF THE FACULTY OF MEDICINE NUMBER 31. THE MAJORITY OF THE NURSING STAFF RECEIVED TRAINING IN IBADAN AND LAGOS PRIOR TO THE UPHEAVAL. THEY NUMBER 131, WITH 220 STUDENT NURSES.

    THE HOSPITAL IS ABLE TO UNDERTAKE BOTH MINOR AND MAJOR TREATMENT - INCLUDING EVERYTHING FROM BASIC CHILDCARE, TO MAJOR EYE AND ABDOMINAL OPERATIONS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2ZRRDQPKF30WPKJ672Y93P9TF
    Media URN:
    VLVA2ZRRDQPKF30WPKJ672Y93P9TF
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/06/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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