UCH to Perform 11 'Awake' Open-Heart Surgeries

Arrangements have been concluded at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, to facilitate the carrying out of 11 open-heart surgeries in April.

Chairman of the hospital?s Department oaf Intervention Cardiovascular, Prof. Kamar Adeleke said, the operation is tagged ?Awake Surgery? because the patients would be conscious during surgery,  and ?medication will be given to take the edge off while the operation lasts??.

Adeleke said that the Department of Intervention Cardiovascular was limited financially and as seeking for cash donations from well?meaning Nigerians and corporate organisations.

He noted that the department was partnering some institutions, including Babcock University, Obafemi Awolowo University and Aliko Dangote Health Institution.

Other partners to be involved are the Kano Teaching Hospital, MTN Health Foundation and the Lagos State Government.

Adeleke said that a team of Nigerian surgeons recently carried out a successful catheterisation surgery without the supervision of foreign experts.

He said that more than 200 patients were awaiting cardiovascular surgery at the UCH, adding that 11 of them were short-listed for the operation.

He said the Intervention Cardiovascular Department (ICD) was able to source for funds for surgery for six of the 11 patients, while the wife of the Oyo State Governor, Mrs Florence Ajimobi and the Lagos State Government would sponsor three patients each, adding that each operation would cost two million naira.

He appealed to well-meaning Nigerians to support the department in carrying out the tasks.

It would be recalled that Adeleke led a team of experts in 2013 to perform the first successful open-heart surgery at UCH.

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