The Nigerian Orthopaedic Association has called on the Federal Government to upgrade orthopaedic departments in all federal tertiary institutions to ensure world-class healthcare delivery.
Dr Tunde Olawepo, the president of the association, made the plea in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja.
He observed that the national orthopaedic centres in Kano, Enugu and Lagos, did not even have enough facilities to meet the health needs of the populace, calling for more of such centres to be established across the country.
Olawepo also decried the challenges faced by patients in accessing orthopaedic services in the event of accidents or trauma due to the dearth of orthopaedic centres.
“If orthopaedic departments and units in all federal tertiary institutions are beefed up, it will boost the centres and the public could access health when faced with such challenges,’’ he said.
He said that although the Federal Road Safety Commission established some trauma centres in Lagos Toll Gate axis, the centres suffered from inadequate manpower.
“We have been advocating for more orthopaedic hospitals to reflect actual geographical locations.
“It will not be out of place if we have an orthopaedic department and unit in all federal tertiary institutions that are equipped to deliver world-class healthcare services,’’ he said.