Afe Babalola Multi-System Hospital Performs Six Kidney Transplants

  • Breakthrough in general management of renal disease
  • Management says, organ merchandise illegal
Afe Babalola Multi-system Hospital (ABMH)

The Management of the Afe Babalola Multi-system Hospital (ABMH) has advised Nigerians against embarking on medical tourism abroad, adding that the patronage of competent and well-equipped home-grown hospitals would strengthen the country’s healthcare sector.

The ABMH management who also warned against human organ merchandise, said it has been discouraging the practice, by ensuring that only those who are blood relations or socially-related to patients make organ donations in the hospital.

The ABMH’s Chief Medical Director, Dr. Kolawole Ogundipe, made these disclosures in Ado Ekiti at the weekend, while reeling out the breakthrough recorded by the hospital in kidney transplantation and the general management of renal disease.

Ogundipe, who disclosed that the hospital has competent experts and facilities to offer dialysis and treatment of other chronic kidney diseases now on the increase, stressing that a total of six successful kidney transplants had been performed in the hospital.

Ogundipe added “In all, we have performed six kidney transplants between October and now, and they were all successful. The three most recent included a pediatric kidney patient involving a 15-year-old girl and two middle aged men.

“No hospital in Nigeria has the number of dialysis facilities and experts that we parade. The machines run 400 sections of dialysis monthly. We even have specific machines to treat renal patients with HIV or hapatisis B or C to prevent risk of infection.

“The major challenge has always been how to get the donors. We are always careful to ensure that donors are blood relation or related socially to the patients, so that there won’t be reason for the people to do it for financial benefit. People should not sell their organs; it is against the law.

“Our citizens, especially people of means should stop unnecessary medical tourism abroad, ABMH is a perfect destination of choice that can offer affordable and efficient medical treatments.”

Ogundipe who reeled out other medical exploits already recorded by the hospital, disclosed that it had performed over 200 interventional and open-heart surgeries within a spate of four years it began operations.

A Consultant Nephrologist and Coordinator of Kidney Transplant Programme at ABMH, Dr. Stephen Oguntola, announced that the operations were performed by a 10-man team of experts in the hospital.

Oguntola revealed that post -transplantation observations of all the patients showed that they are all in stable medical conditions and responding well with good prognosis of full recovery from the renal disease.

Oguntola said: “The 15-year-old patient started treatment for systemic Lupus in 2017, which is common in female. She was on medication for five years, after which she developed evidence of kidney disease.

“She had visited many hospitals before being referred here. We did the transplant successfully and she is now making a litre of urine daily.

“The two others are above 40 years. Their renal problems were traceable to long years of hypertension. They have been treated and one of them can now excrete 4.7 litres of urine daily”.

The patients, while fielding with newsmen, commended the experts for their proficiency and compliance with international best practices, re-counting their relationships with them as superb, while the cost was highly affordable.





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