The University of Jos Teaching Hospital has performed a successful cardiac heart surgery on four patients.
The operation which lasted for a week was performed at the main theatre of the hospital complex in Jos, the Plateau State capital in collaboration with some visiting surgeons and cardiologists from the hospital.
Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Professor Edmund Banwat on Friday said the Cardiac surgery is historical and a milestone in healthcare delivery system in the country with the hospital benefitting from the transfer of technology and skills while succour has also been brought to patients.
“We have made a bold statement that cardiac hear surgery is very possible here in Jos University Teaching Hospital. We have exceeded our expectations. Achieving this great feat would not have been possible without all of you here,” he said.
Professor Banwat added that the successful surgery has increased the capacity of JUTH as there was a transfer of skills from the foreign medical experts.
Medical experts of multi-disciplinary health professionals were at the Jos University Teaching Hospital during the period when the operation was performed.
Four operations were carried out within four weeks. Two closed and two open surgeries were carried out on the children during the period with ages ranging from nine years to 15 months.
The teaching hospital in collaboration with a non-governmental organisation from the United States Of America, medical experts from India were members of the team that carried out the surgery.
Residents doctors at the University of Jos Teaching Hospital (JUTH) have staged a protest against the sack of some of their colleagues, despite a court order restraining the action allegedly taken by the management.
The doctors held a peaceful demonstration on Monday carrying placards with different messages within the hospital premises in Jos, the Plateau State capital.
They were chanting various solidarity songs to impress on the hospital management to reverse the sack until the suit at the Industrial Court was determined.
The continued industrial action by Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) at the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH), is taking its toll on health services to the public at the Tertiary Health Centre.
Members of the unions maintain that until their demands are met, there is no going back to work, despite pleas from the management that the public should be considered.
Chairman of the Union, Mustapha Kabir, declared the continuation of action against some decisions of the management.
He noted that the management failed to honour the agreement reached on a memorandum of understanding with JOHESU.
The congress mandated the unions to resume the suspended strike until the demands are met leading to activities at the hospital running at slow pace with only medical doctors and consultants attending to patients.
The management of JUTH, however, differed on some of the allegations, explaining that some issues raised by the unions will be solved at the national level, while those for the hospital are receiving attention.
With the industrial action running for more than two weeks, both the unions and management of JUTH need to come to an agreement for work to resume immediately, as patients are the most affected.
Physical exercise has been found to have the capacity to reduce the incidences of cancer in people who practice it.
The assertion was made by Mr Henry Onowe, Assistant Director, Physiotherapy Department, Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) during the 2014 world physical therapy day organised by the Nigeria society of physiotherapy, Plateau State.
In his lecture at the occasion, titled “fit to take part or perform”, Dr. Onowe said lifestyle of most cancer patients can be modified with exercise.
The Plateau State Chairman, Nigeria society of physiotherapy, Dr. Samuel Adedayo, said the contribution of physiotherapist to individual and nation was immense and appealed to politicians and policy makers to play a key part in helping the profession.
Another speaker at the event, Dr. Madaki Aboi, Head of Department, family medicine, Jos University Teaching Hospital, believed every worker needs exercise.