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Rivers State University Teaching Hospital: A Major Boost To The Nigerian Health by TonyOputa(m): 8:17pm On Sep 11
By Ugochukwu Oputa

The hospital which was established in 1925 as Braithwaite Memorial Hospital, named after Eldred Curwen Braithwaite, a British doctor and a pioneer of surgery, originally, served as a medical facility for senior civil servants. It later became a General Hospital and has since gained status as a "Specialist Health Institution.

A major turn around in the facility, occurred in 2018 upon the establishment of a Medical College at the Rivers State University, which in turn led to the upgrade of the Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital to a teaching hospital renamed, Rivers State University Teaching Hospital.

The Administration of Governor Nyesom Wike saw to the overhauling and upgrading of infrastructures at the hospital, with will over ten million dollars invested into the procurement of medical equipments.

Last week, I and my team was at the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital on a fact finding mission, so as to have a personal assessment on the facility. On ground to receive us, was the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the Hospital, Dr. Friday Aaron.

Dr. Aaron intimated us on the many great strides going on at the hospital and how the state government interventions is greatly impacting the Nation’s health sector.

The facility has 375 licensed beds and 731 medical staff members. It’s departments includes; Medicine, Paediatrics, Laboratories, Radiology, Family Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Anaesthesia, Surgery, Pathology, Ophthalmology, Accident Centre and the Surgical/Medical Emergency.

Apart from meeting the heath challenges of the public, the hospital also serve as training facility for medical students from the newly established Medical College at the Rivers State University, and also for nurses to become graduate nurses.

In addition to the current infrastructural development in the hospital by the State Government, more surrounding lands have been acquired, and contracts awarded for the further expansion of the Hospital. Also as an addition to the Doctors quarters that was built by this administration, construction works have begun for the construction of the Junior Doctors Quarters. All these are to ensure the comfortability of the personnel and close proximity to the hospital.

As part of the activities for our visit, we went on a tour around the facility, led by the Deputy CMD, Dr. Ali Ben Jumbo.

We visited the Radiology department, Obstetrics & Gynaecology department, Surgery department, the Accident Centre, the Surgical/Medical Emergency and other departments within the facility.

We also saw the water treatment plant, and a Gas plant that enables the hospital produce oxygen for its use., hereby making it self sustainable in that regards.

However, most fascinating for me was the Radiology Department.

It is equipped with the state of the art equipments, and rated the best within the Region, as it plays host to patients from different states in the country.

Out of curiosity, I asked the Head of Radiology Department, Dr. Rufus Abam, if the facility was not being overwhelmed, given the wide geographical area that their services covers. In response, he said; “With the amount of equipments we have here, and their various capacities, I can tell you that this facility is being underused. We can handle more than we are receiving right now”. He also went on to inform us that, that their Mammography section, offer the the most affordable Brest scans and check ups within the region, as the Rivers State Government subsidises cost on that, and that we should notify the public.

Another wonderful innovation we discovered at RSUTH, one which was unveiled to us by the CMD, was the e-Hospital portal.

Presently, through their website rsuth.ng, you can book for an appointment, make relevant payments, even without visiting the hospital. They also created an app for that too.

This innovation is geared towards making RSUTH a smart hospital. Presently, patients registration is being automated, as every patient now have their unique ID Number in the hospital’s data base. All activities at the hospital, including payments and financial summary can be monitored at the backend through the aid of the app.

With the aid of this mobile app, one can interact remotely and virtually with the hospital. It has an e-wallet system integrated with every patient’s ID number and portal where you can load funds, which can be used for payment of services. These funds is also transferable to other users, as you can now remotely transfer funds from your wallet, to that of a relative who needs medical attention.

With the introduction of Paperless consultation and family Medicine, the hospital inches closer to telemedicine.

As our rising population continues to grapple with increasing health challenges in a society with weak health care system, it is encouraging to see that the Rivers State Government is making efforts to ensure that people have increasing access to quality health care by not only building new health facilities (e.g the Mother and Child Hospital) but also upgrading and equipping existing health facilities in the case of the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital.

Ugochukwu Tony Oputa
11th September, 2020

#OurStateOurResponsibility

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Re: Rivers State University Teaching Hospital: A Major Boost To The Nigerian Health by TonyOputa(m): 8:18pm On Sep 11
Cc Lalasticlala Mynd44

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Re: Rivers State University Teaching Hospital: A Major Boost To The Nigerian Health by Sirmwill: 8:20pm On Sep 11
Same old boring story

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Re: Rivers State University Teaching Hospital: A Major Boost To The Nigerian Health by Carotid(f): 9:03pm On Sep 11
So nice and commendable.

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Re: Rivers State University Teaching Hospital: A Major Boost To The Nigerian Health by Slawormir: 11:28am On Sep 12
Damnnnnn niggarrr
Isoright
Na government teaching hospital be this one
Low budget asss

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Re: Rivers State University Teaching Hospital: A Major Boost To The Nigerian Health by mogbeyiteren: 11:29am On Sep 12
Nice one from Wike

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Re: Rivers State University Teaching Hospital: A Major Boost To The Nigerian Health by money121(m): 11:29am On Sep 12
Ok
Re: Rivers State University Teaching Hospital: A Major Boost To The Nigerian Health by ElasticStone(m): 11:29am On Sep 12
Thank God for Covid o...it is making our govt to have sense by force

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Re: Rivers State University Teaching Hospital: A Major Boost To The Nigerian Health by Friendlyjoe: 11:29am On Sep 12
Fine hospital

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Re: Rivers State University Teaching Hospital: A Major Boost To The Nigerian Health by Keshinr0(m): 11:29am On Sep 12
Not bad

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Re: Rivers State University Teaching Hospital: A Major Boost To The Nigerian Health by adioolayi(m): 11:29am On Sep 12
I'll like to see Gov. Wike, his family members or any of his cabinet members visit the hospital for healthcare purposes first. Then, I will agree it is now first-class

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Re: Rivers State University Teaching Hospital: A Major Boost To The Nigerian Health by Macsjebs(m): 11:29am On Sep 12
Macsjebs:
Highly commendable. Thanks for taking a look at my signature
Re: Rivers State University Teaching Hospital: A Major Boost To The Nigerian Health by EdmundChidera(m): 11:29am On Sep 12
Wike is really trying in PH with a lot of works going on.

But him too dey hard grin

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Re: Rivers State University Teaching Hospital: A Major Boost To The Nigerian Health by Kennyking1234: 11:29am On Sep 12
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Re: Rivers State University Teaching Hospital: A Major Boost To The Nigerian Health by CaptainMarvel(m): 11:30am On Sep 12
Good one. while some states are recording achievements, you won't hear of any projects from the likes of Kogi and Benue States

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Re: Rivers State University Teaching Hospital: A Major Boost To The Nigerian Health by simols(m): 11:30am On Sep 12
God bless Nigeria
Re: Rivers State University Teaching Hospital: A Major Boost To The Nigerian Health by stanliwise(m): 11:30am On Sep 12
Good job and well done
But Let’s watch it in the next ten years.
Nigeria poor maintainability habit is a treat to infrastructures.
Re: Rivers State University Teaching Hospital: A Major Boost To The Nigerian Health by classicfrank4u(m): 11:30am On Sep 12
Cool, but na maintenance be the problem
Re: Rivers State University Teaching Hospital: A Major Boost To The Nigerian Health by wiseone28: 11:30am On Sep 12
Will our politicians go there rather than abroad when they are sick?
Re: Rivers State University Teaching Hospital: A Major Boost To The Nigerian Health by AmazingELixir: 11:30am On Sep 12
Ok
Re: Rivers State University Teaching Hospital: A Major Boost To The Nigerian Health by makewetalk2: 11:31am On Sep 12
arant nonsense. what boost?

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Re: Rivers State University Teaching Hospital: A Major Boost To The Nigerian Health by KossyKiss97(f): 11:32am On Sep 12
Two University teaching hospitals in one state. Really a giant stride. My advice however is that the standard should be maintained. It's not enough to turn it to a teaching hospital, let the people feel the impact. Shikena

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Re: Rivers State University Teaching Hospital: A Major Boost To The Nigerian Health by Ogaemmii: 11:32am On Sep 12
Una can add colour to political things eeeeh!!!
No b desame BMH wey I go last week¿??
Re: Rivers State University Teaching Hospital: A Major Boost To The Nigerian Health by JimmyDarmody: 11:32am On Sep 12
ElasticStone:
Thank God for Covid o...it is making our govt to have sense by force
Exactly I told my friend this when covid started. It will force this part of the world to develop due to fear of the future.

I told him that the projects that should take 50 years will be done in the next 5 to 10 yrs

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Re: Rivers State University Teaching Hospital: A Major Boost To The Nigerian Health by RioCarputo(m): 11:32am On Sep 12
Wike Mr Project himself .the lion of ubiama. the slayer of GEJ.

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Re: Rivers State University Teaching Hospital: A Major Boost To The Nigerian Health by Queenlovely(f): 11:33am On Sep 12
Rivers State.

it seems Rivers State has come to appreciate architecture aesthetic design.

from the new airports to hospital

make the university follow soon
Re: Rivers State University Teaching Hospital: A Major Boost To The Nigerian Health by iLegendd: 11:33am On Sep 12
Anything from Rivers is a boost to Nigeria — including the oil.

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Re: Rivers State University Teaching Hospital: A Major Boost To The Nigerian Health by banio: 11:33am On Sep 12
$10 million dollars for painting alone.

$10 million dollars equals #3.8 billion naira.

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Re: Rivers State University Teaching Hospital: A Major Boost To The Nigerian Health by joelbooks: 11:34am On Sep 12
OP , what are these?
Re: Rivers State University Teaching Hospital: A Major Boost To The Nigerian Health by ABlAstate: 11:35am On Sep 12
This is like America compare to the poultry farm they call teaching hospital in Enugu state. cheesy

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