Spe­cial chil­dren’s hos­pi­tals needed to curb ris­ing con­gen­i­tal dis­eases

Daily Trust - - HOME FRONT - By Ruby Leo

The As­so­ci­a­tion of Pae­di­atric Sur­geons of Nige­ria (APSON) has called for the ur­gent es­tab­lish­ment of hos­pi­tals that would specif­i­cally man­age, care and treat chil­dren in Nige­ria.

Ac­cord­ing to them presently there are a lot of con­gen­i­tal anom­alies- dis­eases that chil­dren are born with- which cause them to be­come trau­ma­tized.

APSON pres­i­dent, Dr James Adeni­ran, stated this yesterday at its sci­en­tific con­fer­ence held in Abuja, not­ing that about 40 per cent of their work has do with these anom­alies such as chil­dren who don’t have anus and can­not pass stool prop­erly.

“These are spe­cial dis­eases and should be treated in proper pae­di­atric cen­tres,” he said.

Also, Dr Ra­jesh Dey, a Con­sul­tant Liver Trans­plant Sur­geon at the In­draprastha Apollo Hos­pi­tal, Delhi in his speech said there was an up­surge in the num­ber of re­ported pae­di­atric liver dis­eases be­cause of im­proved di­ag­nos­tic tech­niques.

He said “There is up­surge in terms of num­bers be­cause more and more chil­dren are get­ting de­tected with liver dis­ease.”

Ac­cord­ing to Dey, the re­cent in­creases are caused by bet­ter di­ag­nos­tic equip­ment and more trained per­son­nel that can iden­tify kids who have liver dis­ease as they used to go un­no­ticed and un­re­ported in the past.

“Lifestyle changes af­fect mostly the adults and the kids are spared from that. It is mostly caused by in­born meta­bolic de­fects, some en­zymes in their sys­tem and the liver doesn’t go prop­erly,” he noted.

Dey said that they were in Nige­ria to seek the col­lab­o­ra­tion of Nige­rian pae­di­a­tri­cians to setup chil­dren liver trans­plant cen­tres to curb the in­creas­ing cost paid by par­ents seek­ing such ser­vices abroad.

“If we can build up a cen­tre in Nige­ria, the cost would go down by half, and the child would not have to travel to a for­eign land,” he said.

“We should not lump chil­dren to adult hos­pi­tal be­cause the ser­vices we pro­vide for chil­dren are dif­fer­ent from the one we pro­vide for adults and the in­ves­ti­ga­tion fa­cil­i­ties are dif­fer­ent.”

One of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the pro­gramme re­ceiv­ing a cer­tifi­cate of at­ten­dance from Ji­gawa State Pro­jec­tor Man­ager of M4D, Ibrahim Haruna Gombe.

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