496 patients treated for cardiac, renal ailments – LASG

Jide IdrisThe Lagos State Government says 496 patients had received treatment since the inauguration of the first ultra-modern Cardiac and Renal Centre in West Africa.

Dr Jide Idris, the Commissioner for Health, gave the success profile of the centre recently while highlighting the success health programmes of the state government in four years.

He said that the centre which was inaugurated in March 2015 had contributed tremendously in the reduction of medical tourism.

“We have been able to carry out renal dialysis, cardiac procedures including two heart surgeries and the patients are all doing great.

“Also, Pacemaker insertions have been carried out since the commissioning of the cardiac and renal centre in the state.

“These are treatments many Nigerians travel abroad and spend millions of naira to have these procedures done and it has serious negative impact on the country`s economy”, he said.

On the Goitre Control programme which was inaugurated on March 17, 2014, the commissioner said that 67 patients had undergone surgery while 62 patients were awaiting surgery.

He also said that 12 patients were currently on medication due to the abnormal thyroid function.

“In the last one year, through the State`s Limb Deformity Corrective Surgery and Rehabilitation Programme, 65 patients were screened and 17 of them were operated upon and referred for physiotherapy.

“One limb corrective surgery had been carried out, two patients were given wheel chair and 23 are awaiting Orthotic devices.

“Our records for the Cleft and Palate Repair Programme, showed 71 patients between the age three-month and 15-years were screened and 48 surgeries were performed.

“31 lips repair, seven palate repairs and 10 nasal repairs were performed in the last one year”, he said.

Idris said that the state government would also continue to ensure accessible, affordable and quality healthcare for the residents of the state. (NAN)