OAUTHC Recorded 14 Successful Open Heart Surgeries In 2016 – CMD

OAUTHC Recorded 14 Successful Open Heart Surgeries In 2016 – CMDThe Chief Medical Director of Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex, (OAUTHC), Ile-Ife, Prof Victor Adetiloye, has disclosed that the hospital recorded 14 successful open heart surgeries in 2016.

Adetiloye, made the disclosure while chatting with some journalists in his office in Ile-Ife, Osun state.

He said that the success story of the surgery operations were achieved based on the competence of the doctors they have on ground.

The CMD added that the medical experts presently serving in the hospital are of international standard as they were trained abroad.

Adetiloye explained that the routine surgery that people travel abroad to perform have been successfully handled and recorded with much success at a  lesser cost in OAUTHC.

He appealed to Nigerians who are of the opinion that they must travel abroad before they can get solution to their health challenges that this can easily be done in OAUTHC, Ile-Ife.

In the same vein, a Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Dr Uvie Onokpoya stated that the condition of having a hole in heart which has three sections of surgery that people travel abroad to perform with over six million naira in India had been attended to by the medical experts with less than a million naira.

Onakpoya charged people who have medical challenges to always patronize the indigenous hospital, OAUTHC.

He added that people should first visit the hospital to examine the degree of their ailment whether it could be done in Ile-Ife teaching hospital, if not, such patient can seek a referral to other hospitals outside the country.

He explained that OAUTHC has modern equipment, coupled with well trained and highly skilled professional medical experts.

He said: “We would strive to do more of the open heart surgery this year, as it has been scheduled to begin very soon in OAUTHC, Ile-Ife.

“What we are doing here is to save people from financial and emotional embarrassment, wear and tear of the body for the people who travel abroad for such treatment.

“For instance people go overseas for minor surgery like anoraphy which is very common and can be successfully done here in OAUTHC without much stress with little amount.”

The management eulogised the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Sen Iyiola Omisore, Dr Themo Edmund, Dr Ramon Adedoyin and Feature Hope Foundation, based in UK, for their gesture toward the development of the hospital.

The hospital authority called on Nigerians to collaborate with the government to provide more modern equipment and to give training and retraining of medical personnel to alleviate health challenges that make people to run abroad for treatment.

Kaduna Medical Conference: NMA Underscores Importance Of Lab Testing

Kaduna, Medical Conference, NMA, Lab TestingMembers of the Medical Profession in Kaduna State, have stressed the importance of effective laboratory services in the development of the nation’s health sector.

At the annual conference of the state’s branch of the Nigerian Medical Association, held in Kaduna, the state capital, medical experts lamented the common practice of doctors administering treatment without laboratory diagnosis.

The guest speaker at this occasion, Dr Adebola Olayinka reminded participants that laboratory testing is important for screening, diagnosis and monitoring.

For the outgoing chairman of the NMA, Dr Mohammed Ibrahim, quackery in laboratory service delivery is top among the problems begging for attention in the health sector.

The chairman of the occasion and Managing Director, Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital, Kaduna, Dr Taiwo Sheikh, wrapped it up by calling for a change of attitude to provide a more holistic and patient-centered delivery of service.

Beyond a negative work ethic, it was a consensus that other factors militating against effective laboratory services in Nigeria include the absence of a national reference laboratory and being slow to pick up on new methods and technology.

Heart Disease: Medical Experts Harp On Regular Checkups To Avoid Risk

heart diseaseMedical experts have urged all Nigerians especially from age 50 and below to ensure they take the stress test exercise in order to ascertain any likelihood of the Coronary Artery Disease or Ischemic Heart Disease commonly known as heart attack.

According to the experts, the test will reveal if blood supply to the heart is enough. The test will also show the changes in the electrocardiogram (ECG) of the heart.

The exercise stress test, as opined by the medical experts, will determine the amount of stress the heart can manage as well as the amount of oxygen the heart muscle can generate.

Key Symptoms

They described Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) as an epidemic that is capable of shortening a life span if proper attention and adequate awareness was not given to it.

The experts further disclosed that apart from the risk factor like smoking, poor diet, family history, excessive alcohol, hypertension, obesity, diabetes and high cholesterol as root cause of the disease, constant chest pain, irregular heartbeat, emotional stress and shortness of breath are other key symptoms of ischemic heart disease.

According to the World Health Organization, CAD or Ischemic Heart Disease (ISH) commonly referred to as heart attack was the most common cause of death globally in 2013, resulting in 8.14 million deaths and 16.8 per cent up from 5.74 million deaths and 12 per cent in the early 90s.

Medical experts say some causes of the cardiovascular disease occur due to blockage of the blood vessel to the heart which often times cause chest pain and other complications in the heart resulting to a heart attack.

It was further disclosed that CAD is rampant in this part of the world because people over stress themselves and fail to exercise their body, rest or go for regular medical checkup.

Prevent The Disease

While advising people to take precautions and proper medical advice on this disease, the medical experts said exercise stress test is a key test that should be done in order to ascertain the likelihood of having a coronary artery disease.

To prevent the disease, they opined that awareness should increase and medical personnel should be more proactive with their patients while also urging that people should ensure they eat healthy and proper diet, exercise regularly, maintain healthy weight, stop smoking, treat hypertension and decrease cholesterol level.

In case of severe complications, cardiovascular surgery or open heart surgery is the way out, the experts stressed.

With the rate at which the coronary artery disease kills people in recent times especially prominent Nigerians like the two former super eagles coaches and many more, it is advisable to take precautions.

it is also necessary to take time out and go for medical checkups especially the exercise stress test to ascertain any likelihood of the coronary artery disease and also stay away from risk factors that might cause the disease.

Ebola: Group Educates Mothers Ahead Of Resumption Of Schools

EbolaAhead of the September 22 date approved for the resumption of schools across the country, the non-governmental organisation of Nigeria’s first lady, Patience Jonathan, has launched a campaign to sensitise mothers on the Ebola virus disease.

The Women for Change Initiative is a non-governmental organisation of Nigeria’s first lady, Patience Jonathan, which mobilizes women for socio-economic and political change in Nigeria.

According to the group, targeting the women is one sure way of helping school children, who will soon return to their classes, to prevent the spread of the disease.

The group says zonal and states coordinators of the organisation would train parents at the grassroots on personal hygiene before children return to schools. They would also be trained on how to identify symptoms of the deadly virus.

At the launch, some of the training provided by team of medical experts from the State House included how to identify the disease, good personal hygiene and the need to avoid contact with body fluids.

Some of the participants told Channels Television that the training received would enable them educate their children on how to relate with other children and adults when they get back to their schools.

Nigeria’s school children ought to have resumed from their holidays in the first week of September, but as part of its efforts to contain the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, the Federal Government postponed the resumption of schools to September 22.

The Government expects that the Ebola virus would be completely contained before the new date of resumption.