EGBE HOSPITAL, NIGERIA

Hospital Website: http://www.egbehospital.org

Mission Organization: Serving In Mission (SIM)

Specialties Needed: AN, GS, OBG, OPTH

Location: Evangelical Church Winning All Hospital or Egbe Hospital is located in Egbe, Kogi State, Nigeria.

Profile:  ECWA Hospital Egbe, commonly referred to as Egbe Hospital is located in Egbe, Kogi State, Nigeria. Founded in 1952 by SIM missionaries, it was later transferred to ECWA (Evangelical Church Winning All), the Nigerian mission agency affiliated with SIM. Egbe Hospital is a rural teaching hospital serving a large population in Kogi State. The hospital covers 33 acres with 68 buildings. The hospital is currently undergoing revitalization and reconstruction, but continues to see on average 1,200 outpatient visits and 120 admissions per month despite the ongoing construction.

There are four main wards in the hospital: male ward, female ward (pediatrics is currently housed in the female ward) maternity ward and OPD (out-patient department which includes ICU and Emergency. There is also an operating theatre with 2 operating rooms, a recovery room and consultation area, and private and isolation rooms. Departments include outpatient, eye center, radiology (including ultrasound), laboratory, pharmacy, and under fives clinic. In addition to the services delivered on the wards and various departments, the hospital provides antenatal care, family planning, immunization, pastoral counselling, and HIV/tuberculosis screening, treatment and counseling.

There are three different centers for education on the campus: the Family Medicine Residency Program, ECWA School of Nursing, and ECWA School of Midwifery.

ECWA Hospital, Egbe currently has 100 staff including medical, administrative, and maintenance staff, and (4) family medicine resident physicians.

A strong Christian emphasis, including evangelism and Biblical teaching has been maintained from the onset and is currently administered by four trained pastors. We desire to further develop our community outreach and evangelism.

Missionary staff includes: (2) American family medicine physicians, (1) accountant for the Revitalization Project, Volunteer Coordinator and guesthouse manager, (1) IT, managing central supply, medical equipment and leading security, (1) maintenance manager, (1) teacher to missionary children, (1) construction manager and (1) music school teacher.

Language: English and Yoruba. All hospital staff speak English and about 50% of the patients speak English. Translators are available for patient interaction

Charting: English

Surgery: There are (2) operating rooms and one minor surgical room. No fluoroscopy or laparoscopic capability. Portable X-ray is available in the operating room. Well equipped for basic general and orthopedic surgery

Orthopedics: General orthopedic equipment. Most of the orthopedic surgery is for trauma. There is a Nigerian orthopedic surgeon who visits once per month.

Anesthesia: Draw over equipment is used at present with oxygen concentrator. Draw over does not require pressurized oxygen. Types of anesthesia include spinal, Ketamine, and GA w/ LMA or intubation/paralysis as needed. Isoflurane and Halothane are the inhalation agents. New anesthesia machines using pressurized oxygen are available.

Ophthalmology: The Eye Center has a dedicated eye operating room with microscope. Examination rooms are equipped with old but good diagnostic equipment. Offers consultation services, surgical, eye screening and outreach services. Lens implants are available.

Urology: Urinary strictures and prostatic disease are common. Cystoscopic equipment is old and needs to be replaced.

Radiology: We offer digital radiology, portable X-ray, ultrasound, and portable/bedside ultrasound with V-scan, electrocardiography, gastroscopy and HSG.

Pathology: No lab on-site. All tissue specimens are sent to a facility 80 miles away.

Teaching: Teaching opportunities exist through the Family Medicine Residency program, the Nursing School and the Midwifery School. Visiting short-term volunteers are expected to teach on rounds and in the classroom which is equipped with a screen and LCD projector and TV.

Lab Tests: In 2014 a new lab was installed by World Wide Labs, making the hospital’s capacity for on-site testing of most tests needed to support diagnosis at the hospital.

Common Diseases/Trauma: Malaria and other tropical disease, snake bites, burns, pneumonia, diarrheal disease, respiratory illness, sepsis, meningitis, asthma, diabetes, hypertensive disease, congenital heart failure, liver disease, urological problems, hernia, skin infections, eclampsia, infertility, acute abdominal illnesses, mental health problems, malignancy, trauma and accidents. HIV prevalence is 3-5%.

Travel/Orientation: Fly by commercial air to Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria. The hospital is approximately a six- to nine-hour drive from Abuja, depending on road conditions. It is necessary to overnight at a guesthouse prior to being driven to the hospital the following day. Orientation to the hospital is provided by the medical director or his designate.

Time Difference: +5 hours Daylight Savings Time (EST), U.S.A.; +4 hours Eastern Standard Time, U.S.A.

Religion: About 50 percent of the nation’s 170 million people follow Islam, 40 percent are Christians, and the rest follow various tribal beliefs.

Climate: Nigeria is located just north of the equator and enjoys a tropical climate. November through March is the dry season with daytime temperatures that can exceed 100 degrees. The hottest and most humid months are February and March. December is the coolest month with dry, dusty, winds called “Harmattan.” April through October is the rainy season with temperatures between 75 and 95 degrees.

For More Information: Contact Elaine Graybeal by email or by phone at (828) 278-1605.

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