Asokoro Hospi­tal per­forms first la­paro­scopic surgery

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Hus­sein Ya­haya

His­tory was made on April 1, 2014 at Asokoro District Hospi­tal when a 46-yearold fe­male with large uter­ine fi­broid had her uterus re­moved by La­paro­scopic surgery.

The pa­tient re­cov­ered fully and was dis­charged from the hospi­tal.

Head Pub­lic Re­la­tions of FCT Health and Hu­man Ser­vices Sec­re­tariat, Badaru S. Yaka­sai, said the achieve­ment was made pos­si­ble by med­i­cal prac­ti­tion­ers in the hospi­tal be­cause of the im­proved health­care pro­vided by the sec­re­tariat headed by Dr Ade­mola Onako­maiya.

He said other func­tional ser­vices in pub­lic hos­pi­tals in the ter­ri­tory in­clude in­ten­sive care, com­put­erised to­mog­ra­phy ser­vices, dig­i­tal flu­o­roscopy, heamo-dial­y­sis, au­to­mated lab­o­ra­tory in­ves­ti­ga­tions and mam­mog­ra­phy.

Ac­cord­ing to him, these ser­vices were pre­vi­ously non-ex­is­tent in FCT owned hos­pi­tals, while FCT Ad­min­is­tra­tion through the Health and Hu­man Ser­vices Sec­re­tariat has pro­cured state of the art En­do­scopic tow­ers man­u­fac­tured by Karl Storz, Ger­many. This en­do­scopic equip­ment has since been in­stalled at Asokoro District hospi­tal. “The hospi­tal now has the ca­pac­ity to carry out min­i­mal ac­cess surgery like ap­pen­dicec­tomy, chole­cys­tec­tomy and ovar­ian cys­tec­tomy to men­tion just a few,” he added.

He said with the lat­est in­no­va­tion of hav­ing an en­doscopy, a sur­geon can look into a pa­tient’s body us­ing an en­do­scope in which a cut­ting tool can be at­tached to it to per­form surgery, which will leave a tiny scar ex­ter­nally.

Our re­porter learnt that the en­do­scopic tow­ers also in­clude gas­troin­testi­nal or bowel en­doscopy, which al­lows for di­ag­nos­tic and ther­a­peu­tic ex­am­i­na­tions of the esoph­a­gus, stomach, duo­de­num, rec­tum and sig­moid part of the large bowel, while the uro­log­i­cal tow­ers per­mit ex­am­i­na­tion of the gen­i­touri­nary tract, al­low­ing for vis­ual ex­am­i­na­tion of the ure­thra, blad­der as well as the re­moval of the prostate gland by a tech­nique known as transurethral re­sec­tion of the prostate. The oper­a­tion was to have been car­ried out with­out a scar on the ab­domen since the surgery is car­ried out through the ure­thra.

PHOTO:

Na­tives dis­play­ing Gbagyi cul­ture at an event in Gwag­wal­ada on Thurs­day.

ABUBAKAR SADIQ ISAH

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