The chief of naval staff is poised to provide adequate health care delivery to the navy that can be compared to any standard medical service in any part of the world.
This has begun with the construction of the Diagnosis Centre at Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital (NNRH), Ojo, and the one at Nigerian Navy (NN) in Calabar.
When completed, the two hospitals will be centres to offer high profile medical services to the Navy and the Nigerian populace.
The flag officer commanding Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, disclosed this at a one day seminar on Acute Severe Asthma and Cerebrospinal Meningitis by the command for officers and men of the Command.He said the chief of naval staff is ensuring the completions of the diagnosis centre of the Nigerian Navy Hospital within one year and the Nigerian Navy will also embark on the reconstruction of the entire Nigerian Navy hospitals very soon.
Ibas said the Nigerian Navy continues to provide good medical facilities for the personnel in support of the operations of the navy for, according to him, without adequate health care, operational activities of personnel will be affected.
He enumerated the importance of the seminar, especially in the case of meningitis. Even though the Western Naval Command is not prone to the disease, the world is becoming a global place. This isparticularly noteworthy now that the Nigerian Navy has been tasked in the areas that are prone to the disease, and if not well managed, could be contracted and passed on to the families.
He said that efforts would be made to provide a conducive environment that will encourage best practices in the health facilities.
Ibas said he was particularly happy that many of the personnel, through the lecture, are now aware that there are more deadly diseases than HIV and AIDS, “This has again reminded us that prevention is better than cure”.
In his remarks, the commanding NNRH officer, Rear Admiral AH Yusuf, said that the idea of the seminar was to create enlightenment and awareness of the two diseases, for preventive purposes.
Yusuf said the NNRH has been repositioned to tackle various diseases through improved facilities within the hospital. He enjoined officers and ratings that were present at the seminar to pass on the message to their colleagues.
The commanding naval officer, Commodore E. E. Enechukwu thanked the flag officer commanding Western Naval Command for approving the lectures, from which the personnel have benefitted.
In his lecture on Acute Severe Athsma, Dr. T. R. Bamisile said 100 million people worldwide have asthma and this could increase to 400 million by 2025.
“The prevalence is increasing in many individuals, as most people have assumed a westernised lifestyle,” Bamisile added.