Journal article

Measuring oxygen access: lessons from health facility assessments in Lagos, Nigeria

Hamish R Graham, Omotayo E Olojede, Ayobami A Bakare, Agnese Iuliano, Oyaniyi Olatunde, Adamu Isah, Adams Osebi, Tahlil Ahmed, Obioma C Uchendu, Rochelle Burgess, Eric McCollum, Tim Colbourn, Carina King, Adegoke G Falade

BMJ GLOBAL HEALTH | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2021

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted global oxygen system deficiencies and revealed gaps in how we understand and measure 'oxygen access'. We present a case study on oxygen access from 58 health facilities in Lagos state, Nigeria. We found large differences in oxygen access between facilities (primary vs secondary, government vs private) and describe three key domains to consider when measuring oxygen access: availability, cost, use. Of 58 facilities surveyed, 8 (14%) of facilities had a functional pulse oximeter. Oximeters (N=27) were typically located in outpatient clinics (12/27, 44%), paediatric ward (6/27, 22%) or operating theatre (4/27, 15%). 34/58 (59%) facilities had a functional s..

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Grants

Awarded by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)--Save the Children Partnership


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was funded through the GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)--Save the Children Partnership (grant reference: 82603743). Employees of both GSK and Save the Children UK contributed to the design and oversight of the study as part of a co--design process.