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Document ID (ISN)56810
CIS number 91-1556
ISSN - Serial title 0301-0023 - Journal of the Society of Occupational Medicine
Year 1991
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Onuba O.
Title Medical problems in off-shore oil drilling in Nigeria
Bibliographic information Summer 1991, Vol.41, No.2, p.77-79. 1 ref.
Abstract This paper discusses the surgical and medical problems affecting off-shore oil drilling workers in the south-eastern Atlantic coastline of the Nigerian territorial waters (about 50-60 kilometers from land). There were a total of 1300 attendances at the off-shore clinic within 12 months, i.e. 3.6 daily for a workforce of 110. These were successfully managed by 2 well-trained industrial staff nurses who were supervised by an experienced base doctor on shore. Most of the patients were treated for minor medical and surgical conditions such as headaches, malaria, cuts and bruises. However, a few acute emergencies did arise, after which the workers concerned had to be taken on-shore by helicopters for further treatment. Four accidental deaths occurred during the period, one of which was clearly preventable, but there were no major disasters. This demonstrated the effectiveness and significant role which well-trained nurses can play in industrial health.
Descriptors (primary) occupational accidents; Nigeria; offshore oil extraction; industrial nursing services; injuries
Descriptors (secondary) statistical aspects; developing countries
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceNigeria
Subject(s) Chemicals, plastics and rubber
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Petroleum and natural gas industry
Occupational health services