The Ondo State Trauma and Surgical Centre is located within the Medical Village in Ondo Town about 4 kilometers from the city of Akure and 116 kilometres from Benin.
It is a rapidly evolving surgical specialty based centre aimed at providing world-class tertiary comprehensive surgical services to the people of Ondo State, surrounding environs and Nigeria in General.
It is part of a comprehensive medical village, borne out of the desire of the Governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, to make specialized healthcare services readily available to the people of the state where they live, work and play and also to provide world-class, tertiary specialized surgical and emergency care which adheres to the best international practices within an integrated healthcare system.
The Medical Village also plays host to the Mother and Child Hospital, Kidney Care Centre, the Gani Fawehinmi Diagnostic Centre and the University of Medical Sciences (First of its kind in Africa). There is also a state-of-the-art emergency Communication Centre, a Histopathology and Forensic Centre which are yet to fully take off.
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Ondo State Trauma and Surgical Centre commenced clinical and surgical services on November 28, 2013 with the following specialties; Orthopaedics and Trauma, Plastic Surgery, ENT, Anaesthesia and General surgery. It has since continued to improve and augment services, infrastructure and personnel to include Paediatric Surgery, Urology, Maxillo – Facial Surgery and Ophthalmology. The centre has carried out over 3,000 surgeries as at November 2015.
It serves as a referral area for mainly the General Hospitals in Ondo State and parts of Osun, Ekiti and Edo State. It also receives referrals from across Nigeria and patients from other parts of the country.
The Ondo State Trauma and Surgical Centre runs 24 hours emergency services in General Surgery, Burns, Plastic and Reconstructive surgery, Orthopaedics and Trauma, Neurologic surgery, Paediatric surgery, Otorhinolaryngology, Anaesthesia, Pharmacy, Nursing, Physiotherapy, and Radio Diagnosis.
The Trauma Centre liaise closely with sister hospitals; Ondo State Kidney Care Centre, Gani Fawehinmi Diagnostic services and Mother and Child Hospital with which Mimiko Government constitute a Medical Village for ancillary support services including Obstetrics, Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Radiology and Laboratory support.
It also runs out–patient surgical services and offer our patients elective day – case surgeries with efficient in – patient care, including oncology, endocrine, hepatobiliary, breast surgery, a special Burn Centre and Intensive Care.
To further strengthen the emergency medical services, the state government established Ondo State Emergency Medical Services Agency (ODEMSA) with the mandate to provide emergency rescue, pre-hospital and hospital services to road crash victims in the state. 5 fully functional Accident Rescue Stations along the highways across Ondo state were built; Ore, Bolorunduro, Ilara, Owo and Oka-Akoko. 100 extricators and 100 paramedics work 24-hours a day in all the stations and the response time to accident scenes is 15mins. Each station has an Advanced Life Support Vehicle equipped with oxygen and other essentials needed sustain accident victims while they are being conveyed to the nearest hospital or the Trauma Center.
The Trauma Centre is not free unlike the Mother and Child Hospitals but it provides care before billing. Under no circumstance is a patient left untreated because of payment. In the African setting that is as good as being free.
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John Paul Akinduro is a digital strategist and multimedia journalist. He tweets from @akinduro. He writes from Akure.