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Thursday, 17 October 2013

University College Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo State Successfully Carries Out First Open Heart Surgery In Nigeria

The first open heart surgery in a teaching
hospital in Nigeria has been successfully
carried out at the University College Hospital,
UCH, Ibadan, Oyo State.

The feat was carried out by surgeons at the
UCH in conjunction with a team of surgeons
from Tri-State Cardiovascular Delaware, USA.

A statement by the institution’s Head of
Information Unit, Mr. Toye Akinrinola, disclosed that the four-hour surgery was to correct a leaking heart valve in a 19-year-old secondary school leaver.

An elated Chief Medical Director of the UCH,
Professor Temitope Alonge, noted that the UCH was moved to embark on the exercise as a way of alleviating the hardship being experienced by Nigerians with heart-related challenges. He stated that as the first teaching hospital in Nigeria, the UCH should take the lead in critical areas of medicine, propelling it into ensuring that complex surgeries (like open
heart surgery) were carried out in the hospital.

“We are the pioneer teaching hospital in
Nigeria, and we should be taking the lead. We
are going to do this and we intend to make it a
continuous exercise.

“In fact, within the next six months, we intend
carrying out not less than 30 heart-related
surgeries and at affordable cost to Nigerians.”

Alonge, who lamented that Nigerians pay exorbitantly to undergo such procedures outside the country, pointing out that the
cheapest rate outside Nigeria was about N2.5
million.

“This is outside the airfare and hotel bills. It
will run into millions. But with us here, it will
be a lot cheaper and the access is there. The
first surgery is heavily subsidised as a way of
encouraging Nigerians to have confidence in
our healthcare system.”

Alonge stated that the Federal Government had given the UCH a mandate to improve on the training of doctors as a way of enhancing more access to adequate healthcare in Nigeria.

Leader of the doctors from the USA, Dr. Kamar
Adeleke noted that the patient would be back
to his normal activities in less than two
months.

“He does not have anything to fear about life
expectancy. He will soon resume his normal
activities, and do all the things he was used to
before he took ill,” Dr. Adeleke said.

Adeleke gave assurance of his continued
support to providing access to adequate
healthcare as obtained in other developed
countries.

After more than a decade of of inactivity, open
heart surgery resumed in the country at the
University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, UNTH,
Enugu, at an average cost of N500, 000.

Source: Vanguard

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