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A kidney specialist and transplant nephrologist on the Federal Medical Heart (FMC), Umuahia, Dr. Chimezie Okwuonu, has recognized rising monetary requirement, tools and absence of certified medical personnel to be among the many best challenges to transplant and remedy of kidney ailments on the hospital.
He defined that along with monetary constraints, unavailability of machines and kidney donor points, mind drain had additionally hit the programme with the end result that two of the 5 surgeons which the programme had at inception have migrated for greener pastures. Talking throughout the fifth anniversary of the Kidney Transplant Programme within the hospital, Dr. Okwuonu stated that the monetary requirement of N9 million was changing into insufferable for sufferers and known as on governments and different organisations to help sufferers to have profitable transplants.
Dr. Okwuonu stated the FMC Umuahia was the one Kidney Transplant Heart within the South East with 10 transplantations and 70 per cent success throughout the interval below overview and consequently known as on sufferers to hunt early remedy. He stated it was regrettable that sufferers with as a lot as N5 million couldn’t have a transplant.
“The primary objective of our gathering right here at this time is to have fun the success we have now achieved, enumerate our challenges and talk about the best way ahead. And we have now seen that we have now been in a position to carry out 10 kidney transplantation with 70 per cent success inside this 5 years, which is corresponding to what we have now in India, America and the UK (UK). “By way of our challenges we have now recognized monetary challenges on the a part of our sufferers from acquiring a kidney transplant programme.
We noticed from our information that we have now sufferers which have N3 million however they weren’t in a position to afford a transplant, even with N4 million and N5 million as a result of the price of our transplant programme is N9 million with a breakdown of N7.5 million for the surgical procedure and N1.5 million for the assessments which might be required. In line with Dr. Okwuonu, the programme was contemplating the best way ahead with a plan to batch the sufferers collectively to scale back the price on the sufferers.
In his remarks, the Chairman Medical Advisory Committee, CMAC, FMC, Dr. Ugochukwu Onyeonoro, assured that the hospital administration would help the transplant programme with medicine, machines, coaching and finance simply because the Director of the Kidney Transplant Programme, Dr. Anosike Erondu, harassed the necessity for a Basis that might subsidise the price for the sufferers. Two of the kidney transplant sufferers, Mr Peter Enyioma and Elijah Chikwendu testified to the success of the Programme saying transplant was higher than dialysis.
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