In­side ABUTH’s heart surgery cen­tre

Sunday Trust - - FEATURE -

From Isa Sa’idu, Zaria

The Ah­madu Bello Univer­sity Teach­ing Hos­pi­tal (ABUTH), ShikaZaria, re­cently com­mis­sioned its car­dio­tho­racic cen­tre that will be pro­vid­ing spe­cialised med­i­cal ser­vices, in­clud­ing surg­eries, to pa­tients with heart, lung and other chest dis­eases.

With the com­mis­sion­ing of the car­dio­tho­racic cen­tre, Nige­ri­ans with heart ail­ments and other re­lated dis­eases do not need to travel abroad. The cen­tre is set to start ma­jor car­dio­tho­racic sur­gi­cal op­er­a­tions, which will in­clude open heart surgery.

The Chief Med­i­cal Di­rec­tor (CMD) of ABUTH, Pro­fes­sor Lawal Khalid, said the ser­vices of the cen­tre would bring suc­cour to Nige­ri­ans as it had the abil­ity to re­duce med­i­cal tourism on heart and other re­lated ail­ments.

In­for­ma­tion ob­tained by Daily Trust in­di­cates that the cen­tre has a 17 ward-bed ca­pac­ity with six for fe­males, six for males, four for pae­di­atric pa­tients and one amenity. There is also a car­dio­tho­racic lab­o­ra­tory for di­ag­nos­tic ser­vices, a med­i­cal health in­for­ma­tion unit, phar­macy, pro­ce­dure room and a side lab­o­ra­tory.

Pro­vi­sion for a 3-bed ca­pac­ity in­ten­sive care and a 2-bed high de­pen­dency unit are be­ing made. There is also a sem­i­nar room and a lounge that are at­tached to the cen­tre.

While com­mis­sion­ing the cen­tre, the Min­is­ter of Health, Pro­fes­sor Isaac Ade­wole, said the heart fa­cil­ity would be of im­mense ben­e­fit for north­ern Nige­ria.

He said the cen­tre was a prod­uct of col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Univer­sity of Nige­ria Teach­ing Hos­pi­tal (UNTH), Enugu, and ABUTH.

“The part­ner­ship be­tween the Na­tional Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence for Car­dio­tho­racic Surgery at UNTH, with ABUTH will start pro­vid­ing spe­cialised med­i­cal ser­vices for heart, lung and other chest dis­eases. The cen­tre will go a long way in re­duc­ing med­i­cal tourism abroad by Nige­ri­ans. Un­doubt­edly, it will also help in con­serv­ing the much needed for­eign ex­change and boost our econ­omy,” Ade­wole said.

He fur­ther ex­plained that the Fed­eral Govern­ment was work­ing as­sid­u­ously to­wards en­sur­ing Uni­ver­sal Health Cov­er­age (UHC) for all Nige­ri­ans, and that his min­istry was en­sur­ing the achieve­ment of the UHC through the use of sus­tain­able fi­nanc­ing mech­a­nism, es­pe­cially by the Na­tional Health In­sur­ance Scheme (NHIS).

Com­ment­ing on the cen­tre, Kaduna State Gov­er­nor, Nasir el-Rufa’i, said ABUTH and the Fed­eral Min­istry of Health de­served com­men­da­tion for es­tab­lish­ing the cen­tre, which, ac­cord­ing to him, would stem the tide on med­i­cal tourism for heart con­di­tions.

He said the state govern­ment be­lieved in part­ner­ship for the pro­mo­tion of health­care, hence the sup­port that it was of­fer­ing to ABUTH for it to re­alise its dream of pro­vid­ing clin­i­cal ser­vices at its Tudun Wada An­nex in Zaria.

Daily Trust re­ports that prior to the com­mis­sion­ing of the car­dio­tho­racic cen­tre; pa­tients with se­ri­ous heart-re­lated ail­ments were of­ten re­ferred to other hos­pi­tals in Nige­ria or abroad from ABUTH.

The news of the es­tab­lish­ment of the cen­tre has brought ex­cite­ment to res­i­dents of Zaria. One of the res­i­dents, Yunus Aliyu, said, “Al­though I am not suf­fer­ing from any heart dis­ease, but the cen­tre would def­i­nitely bring re­lief to many pa­tients. I re­mem­ber a case of a 12-year-old girl that was suf­fer­ing from a heart dis­ease around 2009. Be­cause of the ab­sence of this type of cen­tre at ABUTH, the par­ents had to beg for as­sis­tance be­fore good Samar­i­tans spon­sored her to In­dia, oth­er­wise the in­no­cent girl would have be­come his­tory by now.

“Hon­estly, we com­mend the ef­forts of the govern­ment and the hos­pi­tal man­age­ment. Our prayers are for the hos­pi­tal man­age­ment to make the ser­vices that the cen­tre would be ren­der­ing af­ford­able to al­low the less priv­i­leged to ben­e­fit. Main­te­nance of the cen­tre should also be given pri­or­ity.”

Pho­tos: ISA SA’IDU

Min­is­ter of Health, Pro­fes­sor Isaac Ade­wole (2nd right), flanked by the ABUTH CMD, Prof Lawal Khalid, and other dig­ni­taries at the com­mis­sion­ing cer­e­mony

Pe­di­atric unit of the cen­tre

Fa­cil­i­ties at the cen­tre

A treat­ment fa­cil­ity at the cen­tre

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