The University of Benin Teaching Hospital and Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas have opened a $500,000 15-bed Intensive Care Unit in Edo State for patients seeking emergency care.
Darlington Obaseki, Chief Medical Director of UBTH, said at the unit’s launch on Tuesday in Benin City that the project was part of the NLNG hospital support programme aimed at alleviating healthcare challenges for patients in critical conditions.
Obaseki stated that the initiative was the result of a Memorandum of Understanding signed with the NLNG and that it would complement the existing seven-bed ICU and cater to the hospital’s growing patient population.
“We are one of the busiest hospitals in the country,” he said. Every week, we see approximately 6,000 patients; we admit approximately 450 patients and attend to approximately 430 emergencies.
“This means that we are highly oversubscribed as a hospital, which reflects the high quality of services we provide.” Unfortunately, over the years, we have only had a seven-bed ICU, which is insufficient.
“So, when the opportunity to benefit from this Nigeria LNG hospital support program presented itself, and they asked us to identify a problem, we remembered that we needed to make room for more physically ill patients.” Then we told them we wanted to upgrade and expand our ICU. “Thanks to the NLNG, we’re here today to commission this,” Obaseki said.
The NLNG Limited’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Philip Mshelbila, stated that the hospital support program was conceived in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic to alleviate the anticipated pressure that medical institutions would face in managing ill patients.
“On January 24, 2022, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed in Abuja between the NLNG and each teaching hospital to lay out the framework for project delivery.” “The program consists of health intervention projects in 12 federal university teaching hospitals across Nigeria’s six geopolitical zones and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT),” he explained.