By Sola Ogundipe & Chioma Obinna
lagos—Nigerians seeking treatment for cardiac related problems may not need to go abroad any more as the Lagos University Teaching hospital, LUTH, has acquired capacity to undertake 100 open heart surgeries for adult par year. This development came to light after the hospital successfully performed seven paediatric and adult open heart surgeries within three days last week.
At an official presentation of the medical team in Lagos comprising paediatric and adult cardiologists, cardiac nurses, cardiac surgeons among others, the Chief medical Director, Professor Chris Bode, told newsmen that the plan was to make open heart surgery a routine and no longer news.
“Our whole aim is not to make money but to save Nigeria from the rising number of capital flights for medical treatment abroad as well as ensure that our people are treated in their home and by their own people. “We will ensure it becomes a routine and no more news. This is a promise we intend to keep.” he stated.
Giving details on the recent concluded open heart surgeries for seven Nigerians, the Head of LUTH’s Cardiac Project, Prof. Jane Ajuluchukwu who scored the surgeries 100 percent explained that the LUTH Cardiac Project started in 2014 with three 100 percent success open heart surgeries.
Ajuluchukwu who is also a Consultant Cardiologist said the team had a range of people for the surgeries including, 39 year -old female who already have three children but confidence to do it in LUTH, two year old, 11 year-old, three year-old, seven year-old and nine month-old.