By Simon Ebegbulem
BENINâ€”THE authorities of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), have expressed their desire to commence Stem Cell transplantation services (anti-aging) in 2011.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has confirmed the appointment of Professor Michael Ibadin as the Chief Medical Director of the Hospital.
Professor Ibadin who addressed newsmen weekend, on the anti-aging programme of the hospital, which according to him would be the first of its kind in the country and Africa as a whole, said a medical team led by one of the experienced doctors in the hospital, Dr Godwin Bazuaye, would be sponsored to Switzerland to undergo training on stem cell transplantation.
Explaining the concept, he stated that the establishment of the center in the hospital would enable Nigerians who want the services to patronize the hospital instead of travelling abroad for it, adding that the proposed anti-aging services in the hospital would be cheaper for the rich who would want to travel abroad for it.
According to him, â€œThe stem cell serves as a building block for various tissues in the body. From research, it is clear that these cells, as they grow before they get committed to developing or forming a particular organ, actually produce some small substances and these substances nourish those cells and they nourish them to grow.
So if you have substances that will nourish new cells that are young, it means if you can get that substance out and apply it on an old set of cells, then you might revitalize them. So that is the basic concept.
â€œIn some write ups you will see anti-aging, that means if you apply it on the face, rather than the face growing old it will grow younger. You will see people and you will say they do not want to grow old, it is stem cell. We also hope that if such facility is available, those of us who cannot travel to India and to US, can also take advantage of it locally.”