By Sola OGUNDIPE
TOWARDS stemming the tide of ill health within the Nigerian public, free medical consultation for cardiac and kidney related health problems is being offered members of the public by Union Diagnostic and Clinical Services (UDCS) Plc.
A statement signed by the Group Head, Operations, Mr. Donnie Aigbe a,d the Corporate Affairs Manager, Mrs. Irene Owaneye, noted that the offer which comes up Saturday December 18, 2010 at the health facility’e head office on 5, Eletu Ogabi Street, Off Adeola Odeku Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, will be handled by foreign experts/partners and a team of seasoned Nigerian medical officers/experts. Prior to this free public offer, Union Diagnostics in conjunction with her international partners – Global Hospitals would have commenced its Continuous Medical Education (CME) Programme/Lecture Series.
The CME which holds Friday 17th December 2010 at the Lagos Airport Hotel (Ondo/Ogun Hall), Ikeja, Lagos, is open to all medical practitioners. According to the statement, the idea is to bridge existing gaps in medical knowledge and learning as well as contribute positively into society through corporate social responsibility, The lecture series will entail a presentation titled:
“Glimpses of Interventional Cardiology” anchored by Dr. Joy Thomas, Director and HOD, Department of Cardiology Consultant & Interventional Cardiologist, Global Hospitals and Health City, India. Another presentation on “Strategies to Increase Living Donor Kidney Transplants” will be anchored by Dr. Thirumalai Ganesan, HOD, Institute of Urology, Global Hospitals & Health City, India.
Explaining the philosophy behind the programme, the statement noted that statistics have shown steady increase over the years in the incidence of kidney transplant especially in developed as well as developing countries, hence the need to create necessary awareness amongst medical practitioners and the entire Nigerian community on living donor kidney transplant as well as contemporary strategies employed for the process.
“Cases of cardiac related health issues leading to deaths are also on the increase in our society, Union Diagnostics and her partners therefore owe it a duty to the medical practitioners and the entire Nigerian community at large to sensitise them on interventional cardiology.
“Our belief is that these areas of learning will help sharpen the skills and build capacities of our medical practitioners to improve quality of services available to Nigerians in these regards.
Union Diagnostics is the foremost indigenous Nigerian company spearheading provision of comprehensive diagnostic medicine in support of good quality healthcare delivery flowing from proper and accurate diagnosis of ailments.
The Global Hospitals team comprises of highly qualified and internationally trained doctors, surgeons and para-medical professionals who are passionate about what they do. Global Hospitals has also made significant investment on state-of-the-art equipment in order to give patients the best that modern medicine has to offer. The medical infrastructure and technology at Global Hospitals are among the best in the world.