Thursday, 4 July 2013
5-Man Medical Team Perform First Successful Heart Surgery In Nigeria
A call for the solicitation of funds has however been made to the Federal Government to support this facility to enable it delivery health care services in an affordable rate and most importantly to death from complicated heart ailments among Nigerians.
The 5-man team led by head of cardiology Tri State Cardiovascular Institute in Delaware were the 1st set of experts to use the Catheterisation lab ( cath lab) which was installed through a Public Private Partnership arrangement at the UCH precisely a year ago.
The defining moment finally arrived and 9 patients were slated for the heart procedure known as intervention cardiology where operations were done without opening up the patients.
In record time, complex heart problems were corrected with all the patients leaving the operating table alive, well and ready to go back home in hours.
Some of the lucky patients who spoke exclusively to Channels Television hours after their procedure could not hide their astonishment at the speed and recover rate of the procedure, hence a nod of appreciation at signs of healthcare improvement in the country.
The leader of the team of cardiac surgeons who came to the University College Hospital from Tri State Cardiovascular Centre, Delaware in the United States; Dr. Kamal Adeleke confirmed that his team will be back in August for another set of surgery and commence training for relevant surgeons and other personnel to handle the state of the art equipment at the UCH lab.
The CMD of the University College Hospital; Professor Temitope Alonge told newsmen that it is a dream come true as Nigerians do not need to travel abroad for complicated heart malfunctions any longer.