On this day, the president of the Nigerian Orthopaedic Association, Dr. Bob Yellowe, urged the Federal Government of Nigeria to establish at least one National Orthopaedic Hospital in each state of the Federation with a view to reducing the growing incidences of orthopaedic trauma in the country.
Speaking during the 32nd Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the Association in Lagos on this day, Dr. Yellowe said that with undisciplined drivers operating on the roads and the advent of okada riders, the three national orthopaedic hospitals were inadequate.
Lamenting the sharp rise in orthopaedic trauma, Dr. Yellowe said that the conference theme: Orthopaedic Trauma, with the sub-theme, Emergency Medical Services, was carefully chosen to address the rising waves of trauma and medical emergencies in the country, hinting that the association was collaborating with an emergency organisation, Advance Promo Life Support to train six of their members on trauma and medical services.
“What we saw in Dubai will certainly improve training care once the principles are replicated into the care in our various hospitals”, he said. He urged management of hospitals across the nation to send their doctors for training on trauma care so as to share the knowledge the members gained from Dubai.