Bowen University Teaching Hospital ramps up partnerships, acquires DI machine for accurate diagnoses, treatment    

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Bowen University Teaching Hospital ramps up partnerships, acquires DI machine for accurate diagnoses, treatment

Yinka ADETUNJI

Dr OmoOlorun Olupona (right) CMD BUTH with Professor Dare Akintade CEO Darexscanview Ltd

Bowen University Teaching Hospital (BUTH), Ogbomoso, in recent years has been ramping up its services for better efficiency and service delivery.

On Friday it signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a private firm, Darexscanview International Ltd 3-D Digital Diagnostic Imaging, for the provision of Digital Diagnostic Imaging Services for patients.

The collaboration will see Darexscanview installing Digital Dental Panoramic Radiography System in the hospital.

The machine according to the Chief Executive Officer of Darexscanview, Professor Dare Akintade, would within ten seconds make a diagnosis of dental issues, jaw fractures, trauma in dental region, RTA, ENT etc.

“Within ten seconds you have the resolution in your hand, of any trauma, also, RTA, ENT, etc,” Professor Akintade, a Nigeria, Japan and US trained medical expert disclosed while speaking at the signing of the MOU, Friday at BUTH.

The signing of the agreement: from right Dr Olupona, Professor Akintade and Mr Oladeji Adebayo (Darexscanview Accountant/Manager)

 

Informing the radiography technology represented the first phase of the partnership he said the second phase would involve assisting the hospital to migrate to digitalization of medical records.

“With electronic medical record, radiology will key in, pathology will key in and all the other laboratories,” he stressed.

In his introductory remark, Dr. OmoOlorun Olupona, Chief Medical Director of BUTH, stated that the hospital is ramping up its partnership programmes so that it could attain more efficiency.

“In the last two years we have been discussing with many partners with a view to partnering with them in the areas where we do not have all the resources so that we can continue to provide good care for all our patients and so today we are having another partner, Darexscanview.

“Specifically, the area where they are coming to provide support for us has to do with the care of patients who have dental issues, trauma cases; any issue with the head region. In the first phase of this partnership they are bringing in equipment that will help our dentists to take the panoramic view of the teeth so that they will be able to make quick diagnosis and the thing about the machine is that it is digital.

Dr Olumuyiwa Ogunlaja (Chairman Medical Advisory Council, CMAC) signing the document

“The bottom-line is that the hospital is beginning to partner with others so that we can improve our service care to our patients and improve the training of our students.”

Dr Olupona assured two other partners would be unveiled in November, “We will be officially launching two other partnerships – there is a company that is taking over the management of our power in the hospital, we are already into that but the official launching will happen in November. With this, several power sources will be combined including NEPA, solar, gas turbines and generator, which will ensure the hospital has 24hours energy supply.

“Then, there is another company bringing an equipment – CT Scan – that we do not have in our hospital. Currently if our patients require such service we have to send them to Ilorin at extra cost and inconvenience and the rest but by God’s grace that one too will take off very, very soon. But the official launch will happen in November.”

He noted that the hospital has been partnering with people in the past “but we are taking it to another level, we will be collaborating so that together we will be able to go very far.”

Some senior management members of BUTH at the ceremony

Assuring the 115 year-old hospital which he said had never experienced any workers’ strike would continue to serve the people of Ogbomoso and beyond he asserted “this hospital has made a name for itself over the years and many generations have continued to sustain the hospital.”

Professor Akintade, an indigene of Ogbomoso, who revealed he brought 3-D digital imaging to Nigeria in 2004, stressed further that his mission is to bring imaging technology in this part of the world at par with global standard so as to achieve accurate diagnosis, “it is with accurate diagnosis that you will be able to have accurate treatment.”

Lamenting that wrong diagnoses had sent many to their early grave, he submitted, “There are lots of wrong diagnoses, not based on the doctor not knowing what he is doing but because of the quality of imaging. Imaging has gone very far.”

Akintade who has vast experience in digital imaging and who saw to the digitalization of Aminu Kano University Teaching Hospital in Kano (the first hospital to achieve the feat in Nigeria) and University of Maiduguri University Teaching Hospital, Maiduguri, also disclosed that he is into computer-aided surgery all which will be impacted on BUTH.

During a chat with newsmen Akintade speaking on his motivation for the partnership with BUTH, said, “The motivation was that our imaging was poor, we are not dovetailing into digital imaging. A couple of years back when I arrived I was always preaching it, to bridge the medical divide.

“Misdiagnosis rate is very high in Nigeria. I gave a lecture when Chief Gani Fawehinmi, the great legal luminary died, there was a misdiagnosis on his case and ever since then we have been dovetailing into digital system.”

A ten-year partnership was signed between the two institutions during which personnel of Darexscanview will manage the equipment.

 

 

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