University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital Performs its First Successful Kidney Transplant

The University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), Ilorin, Kwara State, has reportedly performed its first successful kidney transplant.

Chief Medical Officer, UITH, Prof. Abdulwaheed Olatinwo, said the hospital initially had infrastructure and personnel inadequacy but had to improve upon what it had. He was certain that health professionals in Nigeria could provide world-class solution to many health challenges facing the citizens, adding that Nigerians should have faith in the nation’s health system and avoid medical tourism, which has become the norm.

Meanwhile, the patient, Mr. Solomon Mmommah who, on Thursday, spoke with curious journalists who thronged the tertiary hospital, said he was happy that the operation was successful. He said he had visited over 10 hospitals, all of which diagnosed his health issue as malaria and typhoid, even though he was not responding to any of the treatments they offered him.

He was subsequently diagnosed with kidney problem at a hospital in Abeokuta. He said he came to UITH when he learnt that kidney transplant could be performed at the hospital. The 29-year-old man who hails from Agbor, Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State said he could not inform his hypertensive mother of his kidney problem, having lost his father some years ago.

Source: Punch

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