By Ikeugonna Eleke
Onitsha General Hospital has received a fully functional endoscopy unit, courtesy of the Anambra State government led by the state governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo.
The Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Dr Afam Obidike, who disclosed this to Fides when he went on an inspection visit to the unit, said the dream of the state government in healthcare delivery was fast coming to reality.
Obidike explained that Endoscopy was a non-surgical procedure used to examine an individual’s digestive tract.
Speaking after a visit to the unit and inspection of the endoscopy machine, Dr Obidike said the machine could be used to diagnose tumours in the anus and stomach, as well as complications of ulcer.
‘We thank Governor Chukwuma Soludo for the current revolution going on in the state’s health sector and we call on Ndi Anambra and residents of the state to access the facility in the hospital.’
Dr. Obidike pointed out that the ministry was currently training health personnel on how to use and handle the machine for utmost performance and disclosed that people would get the service at a very cheaper rate at all times.
According to him, endoscopy equally helped to reduce the consumption of unwarranted drugs which sometimes could be injurious to the patient.
The Commissioner also visited the newly built oxygen plant at the hospital, surgical theatre, among others.