U.S.-based organisation, ABUAD hospital begin free open-heart surgery
The December edition of free open-heart surgery powered by the Healthy Heart Foundation (HHF), Afe Babalola University Multi-system Hospital and United States (U.S.)-based VOOM Foundation is scheduled to take place in the ultra-modern 400-bed ABUAD multi-system hospital this week.
The free surgery is coming on the heels of the high success rate recorded during the September mission when clinicians from HHF, VOOM Foundation and ABUAD performed free open-heart surgeries on 14 indigent patients between ages 18 and 73 across the country.
A statement by the Director, Corporate Affairs of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), Mr. Tunde Olofintila, said that the hospital was chosen for the December edition because of its sophisticated equipment. such as the world-class cardiac unit, six modular theatres, Toshiba Infinix-cf-i/mono-plane cathlab machine, Intra Aortic Balloon Pump, MaquetVario twin-HL20 Heart-Lung Machine, Maquet servo air ventilator, Servo-I adult ventilator with compressor, Non-invasive ventilation software, Humidifier, a modern dialysis centre consisting of 16 state-of-the-art dialysis machines and a modern blood bank and transfusion service centre, among others.
It will be recalled that Dr. Yemi Johnson, the Chief Medical Director of First Cardiologist, Lagos, had earlier commended the quantum of sophisticated medical equipment in the ABUAD Hospital in the following words: “This is my first visit to Ekiti State and the ABUAD Hospital was my first stop. This is really impressive. I can say without any equivocation that this hospital has more high-tech medical equipment than all the hospitals in Lagos put together. This is most certainly the best-equipped hospital in sub-Saharan Africa”.
The medical mission was initiated to cater for the health need of indigent Nigerian patients in need of cardiovascular healthcare, which is quite expensive and not within the means of most Nigerians.
With this initiative, there is increased accessibility to these life-saving therapies and increase awareness in the community on the prevention and treatment of heart diseases.
On its part, HHF was set up to provide care (surgery) to indigent patients and training to willing clinicians.
ABUAD Multi-system Hospital was established to provide affordable world-class medicare, quality medical education and put an end to outward medical tourism through which Nigerians fluff away millions of dollars on medical bills outside the country.