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About 108 patients with various degrees of heart diseases have successfully been operated on at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, UNTH, Ituku Ozalla, Enugu State since 2003, the medical director has disclosed.
Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Christopher Amah, who disclosed this while briefing journalists on the ongoing open heart surgery of the hospital, said the beneficiaries drawn from various parts of the country had been billed for surgeries in various hospitals in some countries of the world before they came to UNTH.
He said that the good thing about the exercise was that it is done at reduced cost compared to what the patient would spend travelling overseas, adding that the feat was made possible by the partnership the hospital has with foreign organisations.
Amah said that organisations like Voom Foundation, Rotary International among others have always partnered with the hospital to provide human and material support to the program.
The medical director stated that the current open heart surgery which began on Monday had seen nine patients already operated, stressing that the patients were doing very well.
The CMD said the unique thing about the current programme was that ninety percent of the medical experts were drawn from the hospital, saying it was an indication that local experts would completely take over the programme in the next few months.
His words, “Our target is to do open heart surgery every month. We want to get to a point where we now do this routinely but more importantly at an affordable rate to Nigerians. We want to discourage medical tourism because of what Nigerians put into it. The UNTH is a centre of excellence and it is our hope that we keep the tempo”, he said.
Amah said he was happy the strike embarked upon by Association of Resident Doctors did not affect the current programme, expressing regrets that the doctors could embark on strike over issues that never existed.
“The money they seek has no approval from federal government. We have explained this severally to them but to no avail. Instead, they choose the part of blackmail and feeding the public with falsehood. It is a pity. They should retrace their steps for good”, he said.


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