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OAU records feat in kidney transplant

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OAU records feat in kidney transplant

Post  Admin on Sun Jan 18, 2009 10:32 pm

A team of medical experts at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex (OAUTHC) Ile-Ife has conducted success kidney transplant on three of its patients.
Head of the medical team, Dr. Abubakar Sanusi, a nephrologist (kidney expert) and Dr Tajudeen Badmus, head of the surgical team told Vanguard that the patients went through various operations that lasted about eight hours, for both harvesting and implantation.

They disclosed that the ages of those who received the kidneys ranged between 32 and 55 years, adding that the operations were performed between December last year and January 10 this year.

Specifically, Dr Sanusi stated that kidney problem has become prevalent in the country, saying that it affects between eight to ten patients in every 100 patients admitted in the hospital.

According to him, each of the patients that had kidney transplants paid about N3 million as cost of the operations and the drugs that would last the patients for the next six months.

“The cost of kidney transplant at the teaching hospital here in Ile-Ife is much cheaper than when a patient has to travel abroad for the same purpose; which in some cases costs as much as N10 million.

“This cost alone is enough to successfully operate three patients here,” Dr Sanusi added.
He attributed the problem of renal failure to infection of the kidney, untreated diabetes, hypertension and hereditary factors among others.

Also speaking, Dr Badmus said the cost of kidney transplant was high because the drugs to be administered on the patients that would last for six months are very expensive, and involved long-time management of the ailment.

“We are to take proper care of both the kidney donors and the receivers. This is because we are to make sure that nothing untoward happens to the donor after harvesting of the kidney.

"We are interested in the survival of both — the one whose kidney was harvested and the one for whom a kidney was being implanted,” Dr Badmus stressed.

He added: “there are only three centres in the country where kidney transplants are carried out. The two others are St Nicholas Hospital, Lagos and Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria.”

Dr Badmus appealed to the Federal Government and other philanthropists to assist the hospital in terms of funds to enable it purchase modern equipments that would assist the hospital in the diagnosis of ailments and treatments.



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