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Wednesday, 16 October 2013

UCH Ibadan performs first open heart surgery

feat: The surgical team that performed the feat at University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan.
The first open heart surgery in a teaching hospital in Nigeria has been successfully carried out at the University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan, Oyo State.

The feat was carried out by surgeons at the UCH in conjunction with a team of surgeons from Tri-State Cardiovascular Delaware, USA. (The surgical team that performed the feat pictured above)

A statement by the institution’s Head of Information Unit, Mr. Toye Akinrinola, disclosed that the four-hour surgery was to correct a leaking heart valve in a 19-year-old secondary school leaver.

An elated Chief Medical Director of the UCH, Professor Temitope Alonge, noted that the UCH was moved to embark on the exercise as a way of alleviating the hardship being experienced by Nigerians with heart-related challenges.



He stated that as the first teaching hospital in Nigeria, the UCH should take the lead in critical areas of medicine, propelling it into ensuring that complex surgeries (like open heart surgery) were carried out in the hospital.

“We are the pioneer teaching hospital in Nigeria, and we should be taking the lead. We are going to do this and we intend to make it a continuous exercise.

“In fact, within the next six months, we intend carrying out not less than 30 heart-related surgeries and at affordable cost to Nigerians.”

Alonge, who lamented that Nigerians pay exorbitantly to undergo such procedures outside the country, pointing out that the cheapest rate outside Nigeria was about N2.5 million.

“This is outside the airfare and hotel bills. It will run into millions. But with us here, it will be a lot cheaper and the access is there. The first surgery is heavily subsidised as a way of encouraging Nigerians to have confidence in our healthcare system.”

Alonge stated that the Federal Government had given the UCH a mandate to improve on the training of doctors as a way of enhancing more access to adequate healthcare in Nigeria.

Leader of the doctors from the USA, Dr. Kamar Adeleke noted that the patient would be back to his normal activities in less than two months.

“He does not have anything to fear about life expectancy. He will soon resume his normal activities, and do all the things he was used to before he took ill,” Dr. Adeleke said.

Adeleke gave assurance of his continued support to providing access to adequate healthcare as obtained in other developed countries.

After more than a decade of of inactivity, open heart surgery resumed in the country at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, UNTH, Enugu, at an average cost of N500, 000.

Source: Vanguard

102 comments:

ebimor said...

Proudly uities anyday anytym goosh congrats team.

Anonymous said...

Make them no forget tooth pick inside d poor boy heart o

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

First to comment agggain, yipppeeeeeeeee. Bush wait o, unu ahi bo du kwalam nu ehhhhhh, heart surgery in NAIja? God pls save dat patient oooo

Franklin Onyejaju said...

Open heart surgery has been on in nigeria for decades now. UNTH stopped it last 10years because the hospital relocated from the old site in Enugu metropolis to the new site at ituku ozalla. Presently, UNTH has started open heart surgeries at the new site. In june this year the. Hospital carried out 5 successful open heart surgeries. UNTH is the center for cardiothoracic excellence in Nigeria. Google is your friend in case


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★★PRINCE CHARMING™★★ said...

Nice one!

onyinye Gloria said...

I so much bliv in dis country Niger. Its Well!

Anonymous said...

Are u sure of this........i think Prof M.A.C Aghaji and his team at UNTH were the first to do open heart surgery in nigeria

Anonymous said...

Saw this on the newspaper today. That's an achievement. Thank God it was a success.

Anonymous said...

That's good to hear! Am so happy my field is breaking grounds against all odds."the Naija I believe in"

Anonymous said...

Thank God oh.

Anonymous said...

Congrats boy may d Lord work together with doctor and his colegue in dat hospital,forever and ever.weldon.city.

ONYX GODWIN said...

Lovely!! But nigeria z still backward sha... 1st heart surgery in 2013... *ONYX GODWIN*

Anonymous said...

Thank God oooohhh. Corrupt leaders taking our moni abroad' u re all doooomed

ONYX GODWIN said...

Lovely!! But nigeria z still backward sha... 1st heart surgery in 2013... *ONYX GODWIN*

Anonymous said...

Wow...m so impressed,I so can't wait to be a Doctor

Anonymous said...

This man that calls himself the CMD, Professor Alonge is owing resident doctors update course fees for over 2 years and the new Resident doctors he hired have not been paid in the last 4 months with the money in his fixed account. So much for hiring American Doctors to carry out one surgery and go back during a doctors strike. Who is a FOOL?

Anonymous said...

I knew we can do a lot of such great deeds with an enabling environment. Tump-up for you guys.

Sunday Ogunsan said...

That's highly monumental and exquisite of UCH Ibadan. Pls, keep it up. Proud of you.

Seike Ibojo said...

Wow we r progressing

Mich said...

Great news.
Welcomed development.
Hopefully,there would be more succesful open heart surgeries and Nigerians won't have to travel abroad.
Great news!

Gistyinka Blog said...

Whoa UCH Ibadan made history..

Anonymous said...

A very good one.Dr.Adeleke is bringing home the ideas he got from the foreign lands.Stay blessed Sir.

Anonymous said...

God bless u sir, Dr Adeleke. If only the millions of successful Nigerians abroad ll emulate this & join forces 2gether 2 make 9ja a better country, by now those corrupt leaders wey dey steal govt money take buy govt property so dat d average man fit afford anything except them wey dey on top 4 don go xtinction like dynosaur & dragon. Lindy am now addicted 2 ur blog , paying less @tention 2 my family.after my job, is u. Newcomer says so .

Anonymous said...

Nice one..

special said...

Am happy. Dis is a great development, hope it lasts unlike TEME hospital in portharcourt DAT functioned for a few months and went dead so soon.

Anonymous said...

Thank God

Anonymous said...

Congratulations and bravo to UCH medical team, thanks to Doctors from Delaware, speedy recovery victorious young lad. May God perfect your healing and grace to fulfill your destiny. UP UI march on naija. March on FGN and help our ingenuity Nigeria has good brains but no facilities. Help save the masses by providing affordable medicare

wemimo adesemoye said...

Nice one!

Anonymous said...

That is very impressive. I pray dt govt should put more funds in health sector

Anonymous said...

wow....super super impressed I've always heard we had the talents to do such complex surgeries but lacked equipment. I hope they can keep carrying the torch long after the US surgeons leave.

ifeolu said...

This is indeed woderful.

ifeolu said...

This is indeed wonderful

Anonymous said...

It's not a big deal anymore.if they have to fly in doctors from US.it has defeated the purpose.

Chuks said...

Linda so you follow dey post wrong fact . Take not the First Open heart surgery in sub Sahara Africa was at UNTH ( University of Nigeria teaching Hospital ) Enugu as far back as 1974 a few years after the Biafran war and have since continued and UNTH has a cadiothoracic center of excellence. Quote me anywhere and confirm your checks . So UCH shouldn't pay journalist and come up with these false. Claims of begin the First to do Open heart surgeries. Make dem go rest .

bonita bislam said...

Its a feat indeed!

Anonymous said...

Linda, you goofed.The first open heart surgery was done at UNTH Enugu.Do your research properly.

Anonymous said...

Dat's a good one for Nigerians.

Adanna Kristie said...

That's great newz. I'm highly elated, no need to run abroad for heart surgeries. Great news indeed

keren Effiong said...

Nice one

Anonymous said...

LAB RAT.GOOD LUCK

Anonymous said...

that's awesome, i'm proud to be a uite first nd then a nigerian. For now!

pwitie B said...

Good news frm Nigeria after a very long while

janelicious said...

That is good.

Anonymous said...

IMSUTH when will we have ours? Na laugh I dey laugh. Its a good attempt but there is still more work to be done in the health sector.

Sam Oche said...

God bless

Anonymous said...

A welcome idea..... I jst pray they continue in this might

Anonymous said...

Wow!, rily impressive...at least we nw knw 4 sure dt nigeria iznt all bad.#doesnt av 2 bad news alwayz#

brid said...

Tanks God,is possible wat is dere if d theatre is well done

Anonymous said...

I am proud of ma country ooo,na 4rm lyk dis we go dey grow!__ruby__

Ifeanyi Paschal said...

I just hope the surgery really works out fine. Nigerians spend alot of money abroad for surgeries. Wishing the 19-year old quick recovery.

esther said...

Great feat,but why do We trivialize life in Nigeria, did they have to mention that he is a secondary school,life is a gift

paulo faladay said...

It is a great news,wonderful fins coming from the much acclaimed pacesetter teaching hospital in Nigeria

paulo faladay said...

It is a great news,wonderful fins coming from the much acclaimed pacesetter teaching hospital in Nigeria

omololu oluleye said...

Thank God

Anonymous said...

We'll done. Govt step up and let this spread.

Jack Christian said...

@Linda; they just said they r d pioneer teachin hospital in naija maybe meanin they r d first TH but they r not d first to do open heart surgery in naija. UNTH has done a long time ago n even did one around june dis year...

Marilyn Oge(Sumtin) said...

I'm so happy.... We are improving

Nicki Posh said...

Good news....!!

Anonymous said...

Do u knw that Niger is the name of a con3, jst like Nigeria??

Victoria George said...

Dis is great and a good one frm UCH too.

Anonymous said...

Get ur facts right...the first open heart surgery in nigeria was done in 1974 at UNTH enugu and they also did some in the middle of this year,moreover they are the national centre of excellence in cardiothoracic surgery

Anonymous said...

Tnx o.....am a med student in uch nd dere's no measure to hw we'r sufferin ere. Alonge is xo f'ckd up. His ass should b whipped off d@ sit.

Anonymous said...

RUNNN!!
OMGEE

Anonymous said...

That's how they did my uncle's first kidney transplant in uch and he died two years later, but before he died , he felt like he was paying for his sins, he suffered , was it when he was doing dialysis ,that blood will be gushing out of his neck or is it the part that he started retaining body fluids ,or is it when he started turning dark, because his body rejected the kidney they gave him,my uncle looked like he was 100 years old at just 50, i could hardly recognize him but i still give glory to God

Anonymous said...

na so carry your heart there ,lets see if you will be alive to tell the story, na linda go tell the story. i wish the person being operated upon safe and quick recovery.

Anonymous said...

Is better late than never .

Don Peror Francis said...

Am so full of joy 4 dis good news. Pls next try tissue culture and genetic engineering n nigeria wud have won. I LOVE NIGERIA my father land

Anonymous said...

importing doctors for open heart surgery that my cousin did at UNTH Enugu some 15yrs ago?How is that an achievement?

Aminodasilva said...

Enuf of UI or UNTH... Fact remains UNTH is d 4st and Linda UI has A NEuro CEntre..... UNTH cardiac centre of Excellence CAL----eye centre: we all shud be proud its hapnin in 9ja#doctors thumbs up

Anonymous said...

UNTH is d 1st centre in naija 2 carry out open heart surgery even as far bck as 1974 wit Prof M.A.C. Aghaji. Linda get ur facts right...

BrokenEnglishmandey said...

God forbid bad situation. .. Stella, abeg ask the doctor if he go approve am for himself and his family? Nigeria not get qualified doctors. Hospital wen dey smell, who want even give blood, 9ja na second for HIV, childbirth death, women death during labor, you go catch something just by coming to the hospital to visit.

Anonymous said...

Dude, it aint the first.. It just got modified so stop saying wah you dunno.. Get your facts straight before you comment..

Onuoha Chinedu N said...

this is good for the country

Anonymous said...

Linda this is not the first open heart surgery in Nigeria check ur facts well UNTH had the first over fifteen years ago

Anonymous said...

Ma problem rite now is dat can't some people just read Linda dint say uch is d first 2 do a heart surgery in nigeria...ahah u blind ni?its said dis is UCH first heart surgery n enugu has been acknowledged as d first to do a hrt surgery by Linda...so y d story.UCH is d first n d best weda we do hrt surgery 1st or not,enugu stop hatin*winks*

Anonymous said...

Yh UNTH dts ma school. Great School, disciplined Lions and Lionesses, we always lead.

Anonymous said...

She meant first for their own hospital. UNTH is surely the first for Nigeria

Anonymous said...

She meant first for their own hospital. UNTH is surely the first for Nigeria

Anonymous said...

Yh UNTH dts ma school. Great School, disciplined Lions and Lionesses, we always lead.

hilary obiorah said...

Thank God say NEPA no take light! Them for forget scissors for the pikin body.

Anonymous said...

Pls where is d like button.

Anonymous said...

Greatest UItes #running around like a mad woman

Barry9ice said...

well it's a good development if only our selfish, self center government can give 100% support in acquiring necessary machines to all teaching hospital in nigeria instead of restricting it to jst two hospitals, meanwhile it's not about the money dis time but about giving the very bst service to victims.

Anonymous said...

This is good, we should take more risks for better results
.....................Dharmmy

Anonymous said...

Shey, better late than never

Anonymous said...

1st successful one that survived they mean.lol kudos aldasame. Hpfully we'll be able to trust our indigenous physicians with such delicate operations..

Anonymous said...

with a white doctor #smh# i'm sure our naija doctors were just handing the white doc equipment

Anonymous said...

You guys are missing the point. When I read the heading of this article I was elated. Only to read further and notice that doctors from the U.S were actually involved. Please how is this a feat? I expected this headline to be about a Nigerian Surge on performing this task. I am not impressed. We need the necessary equipments and facilities to enable proper training of residents and certified surgeons alike. The health care system in Nigeria is below standard and it needs to be completely overhauled. The Chief medical director Prof Temitope Alonge is already talking about having not less than 30 heart surgeries within the next year. Will he also invite the U.S doctors for all the procedures?? SHAME!!!

Anonymous said...

linda post my comment plssss. We are tired of staying @home, tired of producing poor engineers, quack Dr. Heee! UCH wants to aclaim d kudos dat a succesfull heart surgery ws caried out in dia hospital by an imported Dr?. huh? Y nt by a Nigerian Dr. Imagine d facts. Nigerian govt. Plssss come 2our aid nd serve d future of d youths of dis Nation... We are d leaders of tomoro buh.. Dats if d past leaders will agree 2step down 4us 2lead... God have mercy.

Anonymous said...

Regardless we are still very backward, so a dying patient has to be flown to Ibadan just to be treated? Ridiculous !

Anonymous said...

Nonsense..they did my mums heart sugery july 16th 2013 at the same UCH with the same so called soecialist from USA and she died august 9. .she was 56.. They did for 10 people and 8 of them died..so i head but i know i dont have my mum again..

Olutunde Femi said...

Nice one. We are moving forward gradually. I pray dy did nt stop it @josphatinfo.com

Nonso Obi said...

This is rubbish!!

Prof Martin Aghaji performed successful open heart surgeries at UNTH Enugu - God bless his soul.

SIMPLYCOCK said...

Did I hear UNTH, too?
Have you been to that place?
Puleeaassseee!
UCH...fair enough...
But it is just a flash in the pan!
Am I impressed....
Hardly!

Anonymous said...

The title of the article is misleading as it's not the first in UCH because such was done in the same hospital over 10years ago.

Anonymous said...

Please get your fact right 8 people did not die. It's misleading to come online and say that. Sorry about your loss may your mum RIP

Jack Christian said...

Yes u heard unth, it doesnt matter wat it looks like, they hav done it period. Linda, do correct ur misleading errors...

Anonymous said...

THANK GOD FOR THIS...I PRAY FOR MORE GREATER THINGS THAN THAT IN JESUS NAME,..

valiscoinannas said...

congrats, God bless Nigeria. :)

valiscoinannas said...

congrats, God bless Nigeria. :)

Sanjay Kumar said...

wow this one is great

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