The Federal Polytechnic Nekede started as college of Technology, Owerri at Government Trade Centre ,Ugwu Ekwema Owerri, in 1978. The institution was later moved to its present site, Umukadibia, Nekede, Owerri. The Management deemed it important for the staff and students to receive the best medical attention timely and at a reduced cost. This necessitated the setting up of the medical centre with professionals in various fielFPNO_Facilities08ds to ensure that the aim of setting up the health institution is achieved.
To ensure that the staff and students are in a state of physical, mental, spiritual, occupational, and emotional well-being to carry out their duties and requirements in the polytechnic.
To develop the centre into a mini-centre of excellence to be able to cope with the health challenges of the polytechnic community and the immediate environs.
Treating the sick.
Providing social services.
Counselling, health education, medical screening and nutritional advice.
HISTORY AND OVERVIEW
The Centre is as old as the Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Owerri (formerly College of Technology, Owerri).It was established in 1978 to take care of the health needs of the staff, students and the close relatives of the staff. It is also one of the avenues through which the Polytechnic carries out a much needed community service to the rural population around the Polytechnic. The Federal Polytechnic Nekede Medical Centre is a 15-bedded hospital which came into existence in 1982 with a philosophy of excellence in the provision of medical services to the gateway Federal Polytechnic Nekede and other neighbouring communities. However, over the recent years, the scope of this philosophy has gradually expanded to further encompass research, so that today we can rightly say that the medical centre stands tall in health care service delivery.
With very limited infrastructure and trained personnel, the Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Owerri has witnessed a phenomenal transformation in infrastructure and human resource development such that today the medical centre has over 30 professionals in various units of the department. The centre has organized pattern of screening large number of student’s population within few minutes.
MedicalDirectors Head of clinicalService Coordinator, NHIS/Head NHIS Optometrist ChiefPharmacist Chief NursingOfficer Chief Lab. Scientist/Lab. Assistant
Dr. Ihekweazu Dr. E. C. Mberekpe Dr. C. C. Obinwanne Dr. Thelma Ugochi Onwuebguchulam Pharm IIoeje Mrs. Ukachukwu MR.A.E. ogazi
Dr. S. C. Onyewuchi Dr. C. C. Obinwanne Dr. M. O. Obi Dr. Ibe Chinenye Pharm Mbachu Mrs Enyiegbulamr R. MR.Nnokwe .F . C
Dr. D. C. Iheonu Pharm Amadi-Ibole .J. A Mrs.Iheanancho
Dr. E. C. Mberekpe Ugoeze Chukwu R
Mrs. Ejiogu Henrietta
Pioneer Leadership and successions for various units of the medical centre
UNITS IN THE DEPARTMENT
1. The Administration : This is the link between the centre and the other areas of the Polytechnic. They are also responsible for day to day management of the centre and take care of the welfare of the staff. These are staff from various professions heading the different units of the medical centre and are as follows:
Director Medical & Health services Dr. E.C. Mberekpe
Head of clinical services Dr. C.C. Obinwanne
Head, National Health Insurance scheme Dr. M. O. Obi
Head of Optometry Dr. C. Ibe
Head of pharmacy Pharm Amadi-Ibole
Head of Nursing services Mrs. H. Ejiogu
Head of Laboratory Mr. F. Nnokwe
Head of Accounts Mr. Iwuji
2. Medical: The Medical Doctors, whose functions are:
Handling of medical Emergencies
Clerking of patients
Follow up cases
Advise on health Nutrition
Advise on healthy exercise
Treatment of adment (minor surgical procedure, ear syringing)
Medico legal assistance
Referral to secondary provider
Issue medical certificate
Screening of Federal polytechnic Nekede Owerri prospective students
Ward round for lying-in patients
Admission and discharge
They introduced the concept of diagnosis, prognosis, and medical examination.
3. National Health Insurance Scheme: Precisely on Wednesday 7th October, 2009, the National Health Insurance scheme for the staff and their qualified dependant aimed at providing easy access to healthcare for the Polytechnic Community at an affordable cost through various prepayment systems; was launched by the first co-ordinator Dr. C.C. Obinwanne under the Directorship of Dr .D.C. Iheonu and the pioneer nursing officer is Mrs. W. Iheonunekwu .The centre fully operates the National Health Insurance Scheme for the staff of the Polytechnic and the tertiary institutions social health insurance programme for students . The fallout from the schemes in terms of finance is also helping to provide and improve the infrastructure and facilities of the medical centre.
4. Optometry: The optometry unit handles patient with eye problems.
Functions of the eye clinic
(1) Eye examinations to determine detractive errors and other departures from the optimally healthy and efficient eye.
(2) Correction of refractive errors using spectacles, contact lenses, low vision aids and other devices.
(3) Correction of errors of binocularity by means of vision training (Orthoptic).
(4) Diagnosis and management of ocular infection which do not pose a threat to the visual system.
(5) Counselling of patients.
(6) Ocular first aid.
The pharmacy functions are as follows:
(1) Controlling and costing drug to patients.
(2) Dispensing prescription to in-and-out patients.
(3) Counselling and keeping the prescription records as required by the law.
(4) The Pharmacy department offers a responsible pharmaceutical care to patients which are individualized ensuring that the patient receives adequate treatment with realistic humanistic, economic and therapeutic goals.
(5) Maintaining drug stores and keeping relevant store records: this includes ensuring drug storage and issuance of drugs from the main store to all dispensing outlets in the department and other departments of the medical centre.
(6) Monitoring and controlling the insurance and dispensary controlled drugs to the drug poison act.
(7) Providing technical information and advice on drug to relevant professional staff.
(8) Training and supervision of pharmacist corps members.
(9) Coordinating, execution and implementation of drug revolving fund.
(10) Serving as a member of departmental tender board.
FUNCTIONS OF NURSING SERVICES UNITY
-Health education-giving advice on personal and environmental hygiene.
– Counselling of patients depending on need e.g. physical, social, mental, emotional needs and family planning.
– Carry out immunization programmes.
– Give dietary advice as need be.
– Follow up care.
– Monitoring of vital signs.
– Weighing of patient height measurement.
– Selection of cases for immediate management.
– History taking and patient orientation.
– Giving of treatment- administration of prescribed drugs.
– Giving of emergency care e.g. arrest of haemorrhage, resuscitation of patients e.g. in states of shock, asthmatic attack.
– Pre and post operative care of patients.
– Oral care and feeding of patients.
– Wound dressings.
– Assisting doctors in medical procedures.
– Collection of specimens for ward routine tests and laboratory investigations.
– Supervision/maintenance of ward cleanliness.
– Last office for diseased patients.
– Maintenance of Aseptic technique.
– Preparation of surgical materials e.g. Gauze, cotton wool, drapes.
– Gowns, instruments etc.
– Sterilization of instruments/surgical materials.
– Examination of patients’ e.g. vaginal/Rectal examination.
– We also feature as members of health team during matriculation /convocation ceremonies and sport events.
6. Laboratory: This is an important arm of the Diagnostics unit. They maintain good quality control to ensure correct diagnosis. The Medical Laboratory has developed from carrying out simple laboratory tests to complex one in various areas of Medical Lab. Tests, because of the new equipment available to the Laboratory.
The Medical Laboratory is now incorporated in the NHIS Scheme and runs 24 hours coverage.
We also have professional relationship with other secondary Medical Laboratory Health provider under the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
Records: This is the custodian of patient’s records. They can also help in statistics and research whenever necessary. Duties in card room
(1) Pulling out folders and filling it back, after seeing the doctor.
(2) Sending folders to doctors, after checking their BP or Vital Signs by the nurses.
(3) Opening of folders for staffs, non-staff and students.
(4) Writing of folders for staff and students.
(5) Screening of students – The student come with photocopies of school fees receipt and tow passport. At that they will see the doctor for their clearance.
(6) Directing patients where they will pay for their drugs various and laboratory investigations.
(7) Updating the daily clinic attendance register.
7. Sanitary: The Health Assistants are in charge of sanitation within the Medical wards and the cleaning of the environment is contracted out.
ACTIVITY CALENDAR OF THE DEPARTMENT
This corresponds to the school calendar
Screening of new students January-March, November-December
24-Hour medical service January-December
Immunization Every Wednesday
Clinic days Mondays – Friday
Emergency Cases 24-Hours daily
Clinical meetings Every Friday
Walk-For life October
Glaucoma day March
World eye day October
General meeting Quarterly
End of year get together December
8. RADIODIAGNOSTIC DEPARTMENT
Our radiography unit is almost completed. This will take care of our pre-employment and pre-admission radiographs and also diagnostic X-rays when completed.