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How it feels after life in a ventilator
Sylvester Ikhisemojie, Dr.
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Post Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS)
Some good things may yet emerge from the current Covid-19 pandemic in our country not least because of the relative openness in the councils of government trying to inform the people about the current trends of thinking, but also by keeping the issue alive in the public consciousness for such a sustained period of time. Never before in the history of health administration in our country has the government been so visible in the lives of the people. And while the pandemic continues to ravage many communities around the world, we can, at least, sit back a bit and survey where we have come from and look at some of the consequences of what we have been forced to do. Before the onset of the novel coronavirus infections in Nigeria, the entire nation had less than 350 intensive care unit (ICU) beds and ventilators among all the teaching hospitals, federal medical centres and private medical facilities around the country. By contrast, we saw how the UK built NHS Nightingale, a 4,000-bed ICU hospital facility dedicated to the treatment of Covid-19 patients in just nine days. So that in one hospital in England, not in that entire country, there were ten times more ICU beds than in the whole of Nigeria, and for a population less than one-third as large.
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