ABMH performs 6 kidney transplants in 7 months

ABMH performs 6 kidney transplants in 7 months

Chief Medical Director, Afe Babalola Multi-system Hospital, (ABMH) Ado –Ekiti, Dr. Kolawole Ogundipe, says  the hospital has made significant breakthroughs  in kidney transplantation and the general management of renal disease, performing no fewer than six kidney transplants in seven months.

Speaking to journalists over the weekend in Ado Ekiti, Dr. Ogundipe disclosed that the three most recent of the transplants involved  a 15-year old girl and two middle aged  men.

“In all, we have performed six kidney transplants between October and now, and they were all successful.

“No hospital in Nigeria has the number of dialysis facilities and experts that we parade . The machines  runs 400 sections of dialysis monthly. We even have specific machines to treat renal patients with HIV or hapatitis B or C to prevent risk of infection.

“The major challenge has always been how to get the donors. We are always careful to ensure that donors are blood relation or related socially to the patients, so that there won’t be reason for the people to do it for financial benefit. People should not sell their organs, it is against the law.”

The CMD described the hospital’s efforts as an initiative designed to help the  country to drastically reduce the growing  incidence of medical tourism which, he said, is another capital flight and a development that  would further impoverished the country’s economy and weaken the health sector.

  “Our citizens, especially people of means should stop unnecessary medical tourism abroad, ABMH is a perfect destination of choice that can offer affordable and efficient medical treatments”, Ogundipe said.

Reeling out further medical exploits already recorded by the hospital, Ogundipe disclosed that it had performed over  200  interventional and open heart surgeries within a spate of four years it began operations. 

A Consultant Nephrologist and Coordinator of Kidney Transplant Programme in ABMH,  said the operations were performed by a 10-man team of experts in the hospital.

Oguntola stated that  post -transplantation observations of  all the patients showed that they are all in stable medical conditions and responding well with good prognosis of full recovery from the renal disease.

Oguntola said: “The 15-year old patient started treatment for systemic Lupus in 2017, which is common in female. She was on medication for five years, after which she developed evidence of kidney disease. 

“She had visited many hospitals before being referred here. We did the transplant successfully and she is now making a litre of urine daily. 

“The two others are above 40 years. Their renal problems were traceable to long years of hypertension. They have been treated and one of them can now excrete 4.7 litres of urine daily.”

 

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