Activities at the tissue typing laboratory of the hospital have been paralyzed shortly after its commissioning in February this year due to the COVID 19 Pandemic. This was disclosed by the Head of
Haematology Department, Dr Aminu Abba Yusuf Consultant Haematologist in an interview with our reporter.
According to him, it is so unlucky that they had to suspend all activities of the laboratory immediately after it started operating as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic, which hit the country in March 2020 with some training on the usage of the sophisticated world-class machines installed at the laboratory not completed, as the experts giving the training come from outside the country namely Italy and South Africa.
He said the suspension of the activities of the laboratory was in line with the Management decision to suspend some major and sensitive activities of the hospital with the kidney transplant inclusive.
The Head of Department further stated that the reagents to be used in the lab have to be shipped also from overseas countries, which is also not possible for the time being as all overseas transportation activities have been banned due to the pandemic.
However, he expressed hope that as things are gradually coming back to normal, activities of the laboratory will kick start again
Commenting, a Chief Medical Lab. Scientist and the In-Change of the Tissue Typing Laboratory, Ado Muhammad Dakata revealed that about 6 samples were treated at the lab before the Covid-19 pandemic started.
He explained that four (4) of the samples were for post-transplant of patients whose status were already known from tests done outside the country, in a trial effort to compare notes with the results obtained, while the other 2 samples were treated before the transplant i.e. for a patient and his donor.
Malam Muhammad Dakata further stated that though the training has stopped there are some training is done online, which they hope to be thorough with by the time the pandemic is over.
Dental Centre of AKTH has organized a COVID 19 training for clinical and non-clinical staff of the hospital.
Dr Chinagozi Edwin, Head of Department Medical Microbiology facilitated the sensitization lectures.
He said the objectives of the presentation is to provide guidance to health care workers on how to protect themselves, their patients and the larger community and curtail the spread of the infectious disease Covid-19.
Presenting a lecture on Point of Care Risk Assessment (PCRA) Dr Edwin explained PCRA is a systematic process of evaluating and reviewing work-related activities and environment for possible risks and implementing suitable control measures to minimize the possible risks by using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as face mask, protective clothing, hand gloves, goggles, face shields and so on.
The second presenter, Salisu Inuwa, Asst. Chief Nursing Officer with Infections Control Unit delivered a lecture on Hand Hygiene in Healthcare, he defined it as the action of cleaning hands by using soap under running water or using Hand sanitizer.
He stated other times to observe Hand hygiene in Health care to include, on arrival at the workplace, before and after Nursing a patient, e.g. bathing, bed making after visiting the toilet, before and after handling food; eating or feeding patient, before and after giving medication among other. He then demonstrated how to wash hands and effective ways of wearing PPE etc.
Head of Medical Microbiology Dept. Dr Chinagozi Edwin sanitizing staff on precautionary measures against the spread of Covid-19
Due to the reduction of patients coming to the hospital during the pandemic period, the routine activities of the Islamic Medical Association of Nigeria (IMAN) AKTH chapter have reduced drastically only two (2) to three (3) requests for assistance are being received daily instead of ten (10). This was disclosed by the Chairman of the Association, Dr Anas Ismai in an interview.
He said the Association has worked during the Covid-19 pandemic in producing and distributing about 500 cloths face mask and hand sanitizers to the highest number of COVID 19 case areas in Kano State.
He added that a total number of 290 hand sanitizers, disinfectants and soaps were donated to the hospital through the Infections Control Committee (ICC).
Similarly, sister organization like Dala Orthopaedic, Hasiya Bayero Paediatric, Murtala Muhammad Specialists, Muhammadu Abdullahi Wase and Infectious Diseases Hospitals (IDH) all benefitted with such consumables to help in curtailing the spread of the pandemic.
Finally, the hospital benefitted from buses made available to transport AKTH staff to the hospital “to and fro” during the lockdown days.
The Chairman of Association of Resident Doctors, AKTH Brach, Dr Abubakar Usman Nagoma has described the experiences encountered by Resident Doctors during the pandemic as terrible leading to confusions and with doctors contracting the coronavirus, which in turn infected their spouses.
President ARD, Dr. Abubakar Usman Nagoma
Dr Nagoma explained that the doctors contracted the virus as a result of exposure to positive patients unknowingly to them.He added that their doctors at that time didn’t have the Basic Personal Protective
Equipment PPE to protect themselves from the virus.
Dr Abubakar said with the donations of PPEs by individuals and organizations the hospital, as well as the Association, was able to avert the reoccurrence of such incidents among resident doctors and other hospital staff.
He said the screening of patients first at designated points before having access to doctors has also played a vital role, as well as maintaining of handwashing points in front of every building in the hospital among others.
He then recommended to the Management on the need for regular screening of health workers that are
attending to patients to curtail the spread of the virus.
Similarly, the Chairman National Association of Nurses and Midwifery of Nigeria (NANMN) AKTH chapter,
Comrade Bashir Ali Ado has described the experience of Nurses as devastating, as they recorded Twenty Five (25) confirmed cases of its members during the pandemic.
Chairman NANMN, Comrade Bashir Ali Ado
Comrade Bashir stated that the menace subsided due to intervention with donations of some kinds of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) by Institutions and Philanthropic Foundation.
Three new brand Dialysis Machines were donated to the Hospital, facilitated by Dr Aisha Nalado a Consultant Nephrologist. The two of the machines were donated by IHSAN Foundation and one by Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman of Nigeria Communication Commission N.C.C.
One of the three (3) Dialysis Machine donated to the hospital
Professor Umar Garba made a personal donation of the dialysis machine to assist patients, as well as Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital towards providing efficient dialysis services.
Speaking, Dr Nalado said the machines are a new brand and modernized with high capacity work for 24hours, she explained that each machine can work on 20 patients per day.
Dr Aisha expressed gratitude for the gesture and pray Almighty God to reward them abundantly.
Five hundred and Nine (509) patients benefited from the drugs donated by Aisha Buhari Future Assured Foundation during this COVID – 19 pandemic from April, 1st to 31st May 2020.
Speaking with the Deputy Director in-charge of Inpatients Pharmacy, Pharm Furaira Ado Muhammad, disclosed that the drugs were distributed based on the prescription of the hospital doctors.
Drugs donated by Future Assured Foundation Amidst Covid-19 Pandemic
She said that after the donation the drugs were forwarded to GOPD and Inpatient Pharmacy Units where they were dispensed free to any patient that comes with a prescription from the hospital doctors.
Pharm Furaira added that the most dispensed drugs at GOPD pharmacy are Paracetamol Anti-malaria and antibiotics, while at the Inpatients Pharmacy is the normal saline. It could be recalled that the Aisha Buhari Future Assured Foundation has been one of the organizations that donated items worth millions of naira to Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital to cushion the effect of COVID 19 pandemic in the hospital.