By Chioma Obinna
Lagos—The Chief Medical Director of Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, Professor Wale Oke, yesterday announced that a successful kidney transplant was performed by a team of indigenous medical experts in the hospital.
That was the second time the medical feat was performed at the hospital.
The hospital had in 2015 performed its first kidney transplant on a 56-year-old and a 26-year-old donor who was the patient’s nephew.
Oke, who explained that the institution has perfected plans to make the feat a routine.
At a press conference, he stated that the kidney transplant is a result of the state government’s determination to stem medical tourism.
According to him; “Cases of 60 percent of patients seen on wheel chairs at international airport here in Lagos have to do with kidneys, and most of them go to India or the US for transplant. A lot of foreign exchange are also involved.
“One thing unique about this exercise is that the experts were all Nigerians and from LASUTH apart from one”
The elated Chief Medical Director, who explained that a total of two successful transplants were carried out at an affordable cost.
He disclosed that the surgery costed about N4.5 million compare to N8 million charged elsewhere.
Warning that LASUTH would not accept commercial donors for organ transplant, he said right now the cost of the surgery covers cost of drugs for a period of six months.
“What we are doing now is family donation. We are also looking at going into heart transplant. We encourage Nigerians to come to the hospital for their kidney transplant at an affordable cost,” he added.
Speaking, the leader of the team, an Associate Professor of Medicine and Consultant Nephrologist, Dr Olugbenga. Awobusuyi said the team is not limiting its services to kidney transplant but expanding to heart and other organs transplant.
He said the two transplants which lasted for about seven hours involved a 41 year-old man and the donor aged 42.
Awobusuyi said the patients are recuperating in the ward and would be discharge by next week.
He regretted that many transplant patients are on the waiting list for donors while those with ready donors have no money to perform the surgery.