Medical Tourism: Kogi inaugurates Hyperbaric Oxygen treatment Chamber.
Kogi State Government said it has procured the first hospital based Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment (HBOT) chamber in Nigeria, that will afford the people of the state to access the treatment of complications from internal and external life threatening injuries that hitherto available only in developed countries.
The Commissioner for Health Dr. Saka Haruna Audu while launching the equipment over the weekend in Lokoja, said the introduction of these state of the Art equipment, Nigeria has become the fifth Country in Africa that can boast of such a sophisticated medical equipment.
According to him “This is great news for Nigerian patients who hitherto had to travel abroad for such treatments. Whoever has been following the trend of achievments in Kogi State Health Sector must have now seen the purposeful move to turn the State to a choice destination for Health tourism.
“This is only possible with much thanks to the determination of His Excellency Alh. Yahaya Bello, to revamp the State’s Health sector and change the old narrative of a moribund sector that supervised substandard services.
“HBOT chamber is a very useful equipment that can help in healing people with both internal and external life threatening injuries as well as in health complications like: Air or gas embolism, brain and sinus infections, necrotizing soft tissue infections, arterial insufficiency or low blood flow in the arteries, radiation injury especially as a result of cancer treatment,
Other ailments that can be handle by the equipment are, anaemia, osteomyelitis, gas gangrene, carbon monoxide poisoning, burns, skin grafts etc.
“HBOT is becoming increasingly popular and mostly used as adjuvant therapy to conventional treatment/management of some life threatening conditions to minimise healing times” The commissioner stated.