The American Association of clinical endocrinologists and other endocrinologists worldwide agree that Diabetic patients presenting with Diabetic keto acidosis (DKA), which is a severe form of hyperglycemic (too much sugar in blood) crisis. Require urgent admission into an intensive care unit ICU ( that is assuming the existence of a functional ICU), and institution of intravenous Normal saline would reduce mortality and morbidity, again TIME IS LIVE.
Then comes the American Heart Association talking about the need to act fast when someone is having a heart attack, bringing the person to a functioning emergency room within 90minutes, that is the proverbial “door-to-balloon time” this has been shown to reduce mortality and morbidity.
The Infectious disease (Infectious Disease Society of America) people not to be outdone, have also instituted their own timing to the treatment of sepsis. Starting Intravenous antibiotics within first hour (1-hour) of diagnosis of sepsis has been shown to improve mortality and morbidity.
So....does the article above, published in The Punch of April 2 2008 bother you?
A few quates from the article include:
..."Investigations by our correspondent revealed that it took members of staff and average 30 minutes before attending to patients brought in through the accident and emergency center"...
..."when his brother was treated it took nurses 7 hours to transfer him to the ward..."
..."CMD of LUTH denied that there were delays in attending to patients in the hopspital!..."
Why do we have to be different?
About 12weeks ago our health minister was removed, since then I guess someone would be "acting". But if you check the meaning of "acting" ( dictionary) it's just that...to act!!!. Our under performing health institutions cannot survive without the necessary leadership, provided by the health ministry , with the health minister as the captain...we all know what happens to a ship without a captain.....?
Now how long before we get over with the act and bring in a new health minister. How come health is not a priority for our rulers, and our political class.
My President, abeg give us the health minster we deserve...TIME IS NOT ON OUR SIDE!!!