The Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) on Wednesday in Lagos inaugurated a Renal (Kidney) Transplantation Centre that would carry out kidney transplants for residents.
The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the Hospital, Prof. Adewale Oke told newsmen that the programme was in collaboration with Apollo, an Indian-based Hospital.
He said that LASUTH started renal transplant in 2015 and had conducted five transplants with its indigenous doctors carrying out the surgeries.
“We are partnering with Apollo Hospital in order to improve on what we have. Our arrangement is such that they will come, work with us, look at our patients, advise and if necessary we will be able to send some of our consultants and resident doctors to their hospital. This will enable the doctors to work in the hospital’s (Apollo hospital) larger renal transplant centre and I think working with them is a bonus.
“We also want to create an opportunity to empower our doctors by improving their skills and there are two options; It is either we send our doctors there or bring the doctors here so that the skills can be transferred,’’ he said.
The CMD said that the aim of partnering with the Indian based hospital was to reduce medical tourism in the state and the country at large.
“The beauty of reducing medical tourism is to ensure patients are treated here in an environment they are conversant with and among their relations. I am not saying we are going to do everything here. Patients that are identified to have special issues who we may not be able to tackle here, we may now ask the government or if they can afford it, take them to Apollo Hospital to have their surgeries done,” he said.
He said that LASUTH would also be extending partnership with Apollo Hospital in other specialties including Cardiovascular (heart) surgeries.
One of the visiting doctors, Dr Manoj Gumber, a Consultant Nephrologist at Apollo Hospital said that renal transplant was the best form of renal replacement therapy.
“The government should understand that it is costly to do a dialysis programme, but it is cost-effective to support a renal transplant programme. No doubt, initially, the cost of the facility, exchanging ideas, and travelling may seem higher, but looking at three years down the line, the cost of transplant is definitely going to be low. As far as longivity, quality of life and cost are concerned, renal transplant is the best renal replacement therapy,” he said.
The Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Health, Mr Olusegun Olulade, said the collaboration between LASUTH and Apollo Hospital would bring more development and enhance quality healthcare delivery in Nigeria.
“I appreciate both teams for this collaborative effort in order to exchange skills, knowledge and most importantly, saving lives through this programme. This programme will bring hope to Nigeria, and lives of people suffering from renal challenges,” Olulade said.