When doctors from the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, successfully conducted the first kidney transplant in November, it further raised the hope of survival for patients living with kidney conditions.
The surgery carried out on a 56-year-old man on November 11, 2015 by a team of nine doctors, involved the patient’s 26-year-old nephew who donated one of his kidneys.
From statistics, it known that no fewer than 37 million Nigerians, representing 23 percent of the population are suffering from various stages of kidney diseases.
Simply put, one in every seven Nigerian is suffering from one form of kidney disorder, according to Dr Ebun Bamgboye, the President, Nigeria Association of Nephrology and Chief Medical Director, St. Nicholas Hospital, Lagos.
The virulent nature of the disease has left Nigerian patients with many challenges in treating kidney problems, leading to many who are indigent dying untimely.
The few who are wealthy travel overseas for treatment on regular basis leading to capital flight of several millions of naira from the country.
The burden and belief in the old dictum that ‘health is wealth’ led the former governor of Lagos State, Mr Babatunde Fashola-led administration to alleviate the plight of those suffering from kidney diseases.
The administration conceived a modern Cardiac and Renal Centre, CNC, in the state.
To realise the feat, the government upgraded the Ikeja General Hospital to a University Teaching Hospital, the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, affiliated to the Lagos State University, LASU.
Subsequently, it upgraded the Gbagada General Hospital to an annex of LASUTH. Sooner than later, it started the N5 billion CNC project in 2008 and completed it in 2013 at the Gbagda annex of LASUTH.
The centre today offers hope of survival to many Nigerians suffering from kidney diseases.


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