UCH celebrates open heart surgery feat
THE Chief Medical Director of the University Teaching Hospital (UCH),Ibadan, Professor Temitope Alonge, has re-assured Nigerians that the cardiac programme of the hospital will offer succour to Nigerians with various cardiac problems. Professor Alonge also said that UCH is the first tertiary health care (public hospital) to have cardiac catherterisation services. He spoke against the backdrop of the recent open heart surgery conducted by the teaching hospital. The patients are currently recuperating at the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and the North West 1 ward of the hospital.
It was gathered that they will be discharged from the hospital shortly.
The Chief Medical Director in a statement said that while full cardiac programme kicked off in June 2013 with Cardiac Catheterisation of eight adult patients with coronary heart diseases and cardiomyopathies, two open heart surgeries were carried out this month.
“These were Miral Valve Replacement in a nineteen year old boy and closure of a large atrial septal defect (2.2cm in diameter) in a ten year old girl. All the procedures were successful and the patients are doing very well,” he said,adding that the full complement of the cardiac programme in UCH include full diagnostic facilities such as ECG (rest and stress), Echocardiography (rest and stress), Ambulatory ECG (Houlter’s), Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring, 64-slice CT Scan, Cardiac Scintigraphy and Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories.
Others are Open Heart Surgery Facilities which include Heart Lung Machines, Full Cardiac Consumables, Oxygenators and Cardiac Operating theatre with laminar flow, among others.