The Kidney Surgery Team at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja has successfully carried out its second kidney transplant on a 38-year-old unnamed male patient.
The Chief Medical Director, Prof. Adewale Oke, disclosed this at a news conference on Tuesday, in Lagos.
He said the transplant was borne out of the hospital’s determination to sustain innovation in healthcare delivery in the country.
“We are pleased to inform you that this is yet another feat in the hospital’s quest to provide excellent healthcare for the people of the state through our homegrown professionals.
“We will continue to strive to provide excellent and accessible healthcare that will improve the standard of living of the good people of state, and its environs,” he said.
The director said that kidney transplant had come to stay in LASUTH and would save Nigerians who sought foreign medical trip at a high cost in foreign exchange.
Also speaking, the Head of the surgery team, Dr Olugbenga Awobusuyi, who expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the operation, said that there was no complication during and after the transplant.
Awobusuyi, a Consultant Nephrologist at the institution, however, decried the scarcity of donors, saying, “many kidney patients are on dialysis awaiting donors.
“We hope that we can get donors so as to save the lives of many who are on the waiting list.”
The consultant said that performing kidney transplant at LASUTH costs between four and five million naira.
According to him, it is more affordable compared to any other charge elsewhere.
“Apart from being affordable, we ensure best practices in carrying out the surgery and all team members are well coordinated and experienced as they have demonstrated, “ he said.
In her remarks, the Assistant Director, Nursing Services, LASUTH, Mrs Modupe Shode, said that this feat would bring hope to patients battling with Kidney problems in the country.
“The institution is prepared to deliver quality services and bring hope to patients, who need the services to improve their quality of life,” she said.