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Naija Doctors perform First Kidney transplant by Home Based surgeons in Maiduguri

The University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH), in collaboration with the Bayero University Teaching Hospital, Kano and Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has successfully conducted a kidney transplant on a 31-year old Suleiman Usman. The kidney was donated by his brother, Abubakar Usman at the university’s Kidney Centre.

According to the university’s authorities, the transplant was the first of its kind handled in the institution without the assistance of any foreign surgeons, since the Kidney Centre was established in 1993.

Announcing the successful transplant yesterday at a press briefing at the teaching hospital, the Chief Medical Director of UMTH, Prof. Othman Kyari, said “first ever in the history of Maiduguri Kidney Centre, a team of doctors and surgeons from this hospital and others from Ile-Ife and Kano performed a very successful kidney transplant on Suleiman Usman without the intervention of any foreign doctors and surgeons..

He said with the successful transplant, there will be no more need to send kidney patients for transplant in foreign countries.

The chief medical director also noted that besides overcoming the challenges of transplanting the kidney, the exercise was carried out at the total cost of N2 million, stating that if it were carried out in any of the foreign countries, it would have cost the hospital about N3.5 million.

According to Prof. A. Akinsola of the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTH), once the kidney is successfully transplanted, normal function returns and the quality of life of the patient is normalised.

He said except for the side effects of immunosuppressive drugs and acute rejection episodes in non-compliant or poorly matched patients, the donor’s transplanted kidney would start functioning to continue with normal life.

On the prevention of kidney damages and the diseases associated with kidneys, he said: “Prevention is the best solution to kidney diseases by changing people’s life styles against excessive drinking, smoking and lack of exercises and other activities that could keep people physically fit.”

He said because many people are addicted to these life styles, there are already 60 million people suffering from kidney related diseases in the country..

Prof. Kyari further disclosed that 10 per cent of the kidney patients at the UMTH are of renal disease, while 16 are affected with various ailments of the kidney.

He said with the successful transplant of the kidney on Suleiman, the next transplant by the hospital’s team of doctors and surgeons would take place in the next three weeks.

Akinsola appealed to wealthy individuals and philanthropists to sustain the transplant of kidneys at the teaching hospitals, while the Federal Government is to reduce tariffs on imported drugs and encourage the local production of such drugs in the country to save foreign exchange.

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Comment by ogunmosu iyanuoluwa babatunde on September 7, 2010 at 6:57pm
these is a sign of good beginning.kudos to the doctors.
Comment by castro dan on September 7, 2010 at 11:09am
that is excellent atleast nigerians will stop running abroad if they have such problem but God should make it far from us. Amen
Comment by emmanuel Okonta on September 6, 2010 at 11:32am
Now that we can do kidney transplant in 9ja poor people will soon begin to loose their kidney left right and centre my people make sure you are holding on to your sides as you walk about, else somebody will cut out your kidney go sell
Comment by Yemi on September 5, 2010 at 11:07pm
I'M GLAD..
Comment by Dr. Olayinka Adesina on September 5, 2010 at 9:14am
@Seye....your belief and faith touches me all the way to my bone marrow
Comment by Seye Banjo on September 5, 2010 at 12:34am
congrats.... am happy to hear this.. if we are allowed to carry out xperiments regularly, One day we will transplant Human Heads.. I believe in nija.
Comment by Amomoh Chris on September 4, 2010 at 6:09pm
Dis is a good news
Comment by Holawalay Dedon on September 4, 2010 at 4:34pm
This is what i love to hear Good news, its really a massive success when most do need 5million to go through kidney transplant ..
This set of the university need to be equipped with the latest medical facility and updating
Also the curse of kidney failure need to be preached everyday ...because we have lost alot of people due to their lack of knowledge
Comment by imo eshiet on September 4, 2010 at 2:20pm
Can something good come out of Nazareth? While hugging ourselves let's not do it too noisily so that those who have been out there long ago would not think we are too loud over what people do in the streets in other lands. Transplants are no rocket science after all.
Comment by patience chukwu on September 4, 2010 at 2:11pm
swt 2 hear
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