By George Onah
Port Harcourtâ€”Â Sick Nigerians who desire bone marrow transplant and those with renal failure could now be treated at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH), outgoing Chief Medical Director, Dr. Uriel S. Etawo, has said.
Giving reasons the hospital could deal with many ailments which were hitherto treated abroad, Etawo said the hospital now has 130 consultants, 130 house officers, 400 resident doctors and 3000 staff, among them nurses.
Etawo, who was delivering his valedictory speech after eight years in office, said the hospital â€œhopes to save a lot of lives of those whose illness have compromised the normal function of their bone marrowâ€.
Although he said the feat could be achieved in the next 24 months, he, however, explained that â€œthe skill to perform this procedure already exists in our hospital and what remains is the equipment and training of some other personnel to actualise itâ€.
The outgoing chief medical director, who is handing over to Dr. Aaron C. Ojule as successor, disclosed that it was common surgical intervention to save people with chronic renal failure in developed countries.
But â€œin our environment, chronic renal failure is a death sentence to those who develop it. This should not be so in our modern world.
â€œUniversity of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital is developing the manpower and equipment to save these peopleâ€.
Accordingly, Etawo said one of the consultants of the hospital has trained in South Africa and has also forwarded a proposal on how to achieve this and â€œthe hospital intends to implement his proposal to achieve our objectiveâ€.
He regretted that an army of mosquitoes had infiltrated the hospital, even as the management had fumigated the area many times over.
Etawo said measures were being taken to combat the problem, particularly as a Cuban firm had been contracted to fumigate the whole of Rivers State.
Summarizing the growth of the hospita,l he said it had witnessed quantum leaps in the progressive, dynamic and result-oriented giant developmental strides from 2001 to date.
This, according to him, has led to increased number of intakes in the residency training programme