Tristate Heart Foundation Targets 150 Surgeries For Children

PneumoniaTristate Heart foundation (THF) on Wednesday held its first Annual Black Tie Gala and fund raising dinner in support of cardiovascular care in Nigeria.

At the event held in Lagos were top government functionaries and other special guests, with an intention to make cardiovascular care more affordable in Nigeria.

The evening though relaxed and entertaining, highlighted the fact that Heart diseases are the leading cause of death in non-communicable diseases (NCD) globally.

In his opening remarks the Chairman of THF, Mr Bisi Akande, said one in ten children in Nigeria do not make it to their first birthday and five in ten adults have elevated blood pressure challenges.

He told the gathering that the foundation planned to use donations to provide solutions to the cardiovascular healthcare delivery by carrying out 150 open heart surgeries especially for children under 10.

The problems of Non communicable-diseases, as highlighted by the Health Minister, Professor Isaac Adewole, who was the keynote speaker, are of great concern to the government.

He said solutions include a nationwide survey on NCDs geared towards effective planning.

Professor Adewole pointed out that service delivery in partnership with private sector was already in place.

On the backdrop of all the health focused entertainment of the evening, the President and CEO Tristate Heart Cardiovascular Associates, Professor Kamar Adeleke, said the Centre had been helping both the poor and rich to access required Medicare.

He proposed further solutions to the cardiovascular healthcare delivery by carrying out 150 open heart surgeries especially for children under 10, fund cardiovascular researches peculiar to Nigerians and campaign for healthy lifestyle and care to get seven in ten Nigerians to survive a heart attack.

Four state governors, Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun state, Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State and Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State led the donations to the foundation.

As part of an exciting evening, the Vice Chairman of the Tristate Heart Foundation, Mr John Momoh, on behalf of the foundation presented awards in recognition of individuals who have impacted the society in various ways.

They include Mrs Clare Omatseye, and Professor Paul Davis and Funmi Roberts.