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UNTH performs 11 fresh open heart surgeries

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By Dennis Agbo

ENUGU—THE University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, UNTH, Enugu, has successfully performed 11 fresh open heart surgeries, making it a total of 250 cases it has undertaken since 2003.

Among the 11 was an adult patient with  aortic aneurysm which the doctors said “is a situation when the heart gets weak, almost like awaiting death, dangerous and delicate,” but which was successfully repaired and the patient   recovering fast.

While conducting newsmen round the intensive care unit, Chief Medical Director, CMD,  of UNTH, Dr. Christopher Amah, said the feat was possible through UNTH’s foreign partner, VOOM foundation, which had been supportive with both technical and other logistics.

Amah disclosed that over 20 other open heart surgeries would be performed in the hospital before the end of 2017.

He said: “This is the climax of surgeries doctors can perform. Another set of partners from Italy, Pobic Heart International, would soon arrive the hospital for continued heart surgeries that would  take place till the end of the year.”

The CMD stated that the foreign partners had helped to upgrade the hospital’s local skill in heart surgeries, noting that another group of partners were also being expected from India in 2018.

He lamented that most heart cases were presented late after other  medications would have been tried on patients  and asked patients to always insist on hospital medication.

Amah said the UNTH was expecting a team of neurosurgeons from Sweden that would cross fertilize ideas and skills with its local doctors by next year, saying the hospital was also thinking about performing kidney transplant.

President of the partnering VOOM Foundation, Dr. Vincent Ohaju said it was passion and desire to improve health care in Nigeria that made the group to come from USA with teams of cardiologists to UNTH for assistance.

He said the foundation wanted Nigerians to curtail medical tourism and urged other partners to help improve health care in Nigeria.

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