The Chief Medical Director of Gbagada General Hospital, Lagos, Dr Tayo Lawal, on Monday said that the hospital’s facilities were being overstretched due to the number of patients visiting daily.
Lawal spoke while receiving 15 sets of water beds, donated to the hospital by the Rotary Club of Nigeria, Ilupeju District.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the group was led by its president, Mr Pradeep Pahelwani.
The chief medical director said that about 800 patients visit the hospital on daily basis.
“The traffic at this hospital is overstretching our facilities, the government cannot do it alone and that is why we welcome donor agencies, philanthropists and friends to come and assist. They can assist in many ways because our needs are in public domain, so all kinds of donations are welcome.
“It is on record that Lagos State Government is upgrading this hospital to international standard.
“This hospital has many sections like cardiac centre, kidney and transplant, burns and trauma centre and also traditional physiotherapy section,’’ he said.
On the donation, Lawal said that the gesture would go a long way in helping patients.
“Water bed is used for patients who cannot turn themselves around. Those that are very sick and cannot move around make use of the bed.
“If a patient is very sick and cannot move or change position they develop sores in some areas of the body which start to degenerate; we refer to such as `pressure sore’.
“Water bed is used to alleviate this suffering. I commend the rotary club for coming up with such a gesture which is done out of personal contribution,’’ he said.