August 1st, 2011 – Lagos University Teaching Hospital Performs First Renal Transplant
The Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, on Thursday announced it had successfully carried out it first renal transplant surgery.
The Chief Medical Director, Prof. Akin Osibogun, told newsmen in Lagos that the surgery was successfully carried out on Tuesday. Osibogun said that the surgery, performed on a 38-year-old woman, lasted about five hours.
He said that with the feat, LUTH had joined the league of Nigerian specialist hospitals that were already performing such surgeries.
Osibogun, however, explained that the surgery was jointly carried out by LUTH surgeons and a team of Egyptian health professionals. The medical director commended the Federal Ministry of Health for providing the necessary technology and expertise to perform the surgery.
“I appreciate the immense support of the Federal Ministry of Health which enabled the hospital to acquire the necessary technology and expertise to be able to arrive at this point,” he said.
He advised patients requiring renal transplant to take advantage of the affordable service locally. Though, Osibogun did not give the cost of the surgery, he said subsequent ones would not cost more than N2 million.
He appealed to the public and corporate bodies to support LUTH in “implementing this and other projects aimed at ensuring availability of super specialty health services in the hospital”.