The Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) in Plateau state has successfully carried out open and closed heart surgeries on four patients diagnosed with different heart diseases.
Professor Edmund Banwat, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of JUTH, disclosed this at a news conference in Jos.
Reports said that the operation was done in collaboration with Hospitals for Humanity, an American based NGO.
According to Banwat, JUTH had performed such a high profile surgery for the first time in its existence and the first to be performed in Northern Nigeria.
“With the help of Hospitals for Humanity, we have successfully carried out cardiac operations on four of our patients with heart diseases.
“This feat is really great and we make bold to say that anything is medically possible in JUTH.
“This is the first time we are performing such a complicated operation, but with this four successful cases, we have achieved a milestone.
“This feat has perfectly fallen into our strategic plan of taking this hospital to a greater height,” he said.
The CMD added that knowledge and skills gained from the experience would enormously benefit the hospital and even the families of the victims.
“With these operations, JUTH have been placed on the map of centres that carry out cardiac operations because there is huge transfer of technology and skills. “Our medical personnel have learnt a lot from the entire process and it will aid us to do more in the realm of medical services in Nigeria,” Banwat said.
He promised that the hospital would ensure knowledge and skills gained by its doctors and nurses are sustained.
He commended the Plateau Government for its support at ensuring that surgeries were carried out with little or no hitches.
Earlier, Dr Segun Ajayi, Chief Executive Officer (COE) of the NGO, noted that heart diseases remains complex cases in the medical profession, hence the need to tackle it from the early stage.
He explained that the patients operated upon were below the ages of 10, and were recuperating very fast, with no complications.
“Open and closed heart surgeries are very challenging operations, but thank God it is successful and the patients are doing very well,” Ajayi said.