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Our Children Clinic offers the following Services:

  • Immunizations
  • Neonatal Care
  • Incubator Care
  • General Management and Nursing care of Premature babies and low birth weight babies

Immunizations

Immunization is the process whereby a person is made immune or resistant to an infectious disease, typically by the administration of a vaccine. Vaccines stimulate the body’s own immune system to protect the person against subsequent infection or disease.

Immunization protects against diseases like measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, polio, diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough), chicken pox etc.

The following vaccinations and schedules are recommended by the Federal Government of Nigeria’s Health Ministry (National Immunization Schedule). Please note that some variations are acceptable and that changes in recommendations often occur as new vaccines are developed and approved.

National Immunization Schedule

When What
At Delivery VITAMIN A to Mother
At Birth BCG – POLIO0 – HBV1
6 Weeks DPT1 – POLIO1 – HBV2
10 Weeks DPT2 – POLIO2
14 Weeks DPT3 – POLIO3 – HBV3
9 Months MEASLES – YELLOW FEVER – VITAMIN A1
15 Months VITAMIN A2

BCG vaccine prevents against Tuberculosis.
DPT vaccine prevents against Pertussis (whooping cough), Diphtheria (causes the throat to swell hence preventing breathing) and Tetanus.
HBV vaccine prevents against the Hepatitis B Virus infection (causes liver damage).
Measles vaccine prevents against Measles infection.
Polio vaccine prevents against Wild Polio Virus (Polio).
Yellow Fever vaccine prevents against Yellow Fever Virus infection

Neonatal Care

A neonatal intensive-care unit (NICU), also known as an intensive care nursery (ICN), is an intensive-care unit specializing in the care of ill or premature newborn infants.

Neonatal means ‘new born’. Neonatal units like ours specialise in the care of babies born early, with low weight or who have a medical condition that requires specialised treatment.

Four levels of care

Within the unit, there are four different levels of care:

Intensive care – provided for babies who have serious problems, who are very premature (those born more than three months early) and/or have an extremely low birth weight (birth weight less than 1500 grams).

High dependency care – provided for babies with less serious problems but who still need a great deal of observation and support and for those who are recovering from critical illness.

Low dependency – provided for babies who do not require continuous observation and/or who are stable and growing.

Transitional care – is provided for babies who need some medical treatment but who are well enough to be cared for at their mother’s bedside. Transitional care is located within the maternity area of the hospital.