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KHF laments poor awareness, lack of funds for heart surgeries

By CHIOMA OBINNA

The Kanu Heart Foundation, KHF, has explained the rationale behind the long list of patients awaiting surgery, blaming the inability to offer over 700 patients seeking for the much needed life saving surgery on their list on inadequate funds.

Coordinator and Chairman of the Board of Trustees,KHF, Pastor Onyebuchi Abia, who gave the explanation during a three – day medical mission in collaboration with the Justice Development and Peace Commission, JDPC of Saints Michael, Raphael and Gabriel Catholic Church and JDPC Saint Cecilia, Ijanikin stressed the need for Nigerians to support the Foundation to save  lives.

Abia said: “If the problem is found out early, maybe there would have been intervention when the child was one month or at three years. So, when we begin to learn about the symptoms and what causes it, we decided to bring experts to come and lecture our people. We are fighting heart problems, not just surgery because one problem leads to another. Somebody suffering hypertension, before you know it he can develop kidney or liver problem.

Lamenting the implication of poor laboratory outcomes, he added: “Often, when we take the medical reports of some of our clients outside the shores of Nigeria, we discover they’re not usually correct.

He explained that the three – day programme was put together to provide free screening and treatments for less privileged Nigerians as well as sensitising them on what constitutes heart problems, the symptoms, treatment and management. “If people are informed and educated, some of the problems we encounter will be avoided,” he added.

Coordinator, JDPC St. Michael, Raphael and Gabriel Catholic Church, Mrs. Oby Ohagwu-Ukomadu said a tenet of the JDPC is to bring healthcare delivery to the doorpost of people at the grassroots level.

Director, International Patient Services, Colombia Asia Hospital, Rashmi Hingorani said 3,000 Nigerian have so far benefitted from the mission.


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