Medical Breakthrough: DELSUTH Completes First Kidney Transplant


The 1st Kidney Transplanting surgery in progress at the Delta State University Teaching Hospital in Oghara, Delta State yesterday. Photo: Henry Unini

The 1st Kidney Transplanting surgery in progress at the Delta State University Teaching Hospital in Oghara, Delta State on Monday, January 13, 2014. Photo: Henry Unini

True to the expectation of Deltans, Nigerians and the International Community, the Delta State University Teaching Hospital (DELSUTH), Oghara has recorded what is still considered a rare feat in the medical field in Nigeria with the successful kidney transplant.

Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, a Medical Doctor who was among the medical team in the theatre during the operation, had last year assured Deltans shortly after a pace maker implantation that there will be kidney transplant in the hospital this year.

Speaking to journalists in Oghara on Monday, January 13, 2014, Governor Uduaghan expressed satisfaction that the transplant was a success stating that it was another medical breakthrough for the hospital.

“This is a happy day for me as we are able to provide this service,” the Governor said, adding, “I know we were well prepared for this surgery and we also have a good post surgery team.”

He disclosed that, “the hospital is overflowing with patients, so we are planning to expand bed facilities by putting up a three hundred bed ward for this hospital,” adding that the DELSUTH has gone into a five year partnership with UT South-Western Medical Centre, Dallas.

“We have a five year training agreement with them to build infrastructure and human capacity,” Dr Uduaghan said about the medical team, stating, “what they will be charging here will be far lower than what obtains anywhere else in the world.’ Continuing he added, ‘about two years ago, we started subsidizing dialysis in this hospital and brought it down from twenty two thousand Naira to five thousand Naira, the subsidy is mainly for Deltans.”

Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State fielding questions from newsmen shortly after the successful 1st Kidney Transplanting surgery in at the Delta State University Teaching Hospital in Oghara, Delta State

Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State fielding questions from newsmen shortly after the successful 1st Kidney Transplanting surgery in at the Delta State University Teaching Hospital in Oghara, Delta State

The Chief Medical Director of DELSUTH, Dr Leslie Akporiaye said the kidney transplant was a new innovation in the hospital disclosing that the operation lasts just a few hours.

“A lot of preparation has been on with the provision of necessary facilities, training and observation in Dallas and here in Oghara by staff of DELSUTH.’

He added that this was the beginning of more of such surgeries that will take place in the hospital.

It would be recalled that the hospital has earlier carry out hip-bone and knee cap replacement surgeries.

A second kidney transplant would be performed at the hospital on Tuesday, January 14, 2014.

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