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Afe Babalola University Carries Out First Successful Open-Heart Sugery



A major breakthrough has been recorded in Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital, Ado-Ekiti, ABUTH as a team of medical experts with the aid of foreign partners successfully carried out an open heart surgery.

A team of experts led by Professors Tayo Adeleke and Paul Davies, US-based cardiologists, disclosed that they were able to record successes in all the patients operated upon due to the expertise and hard work of the medical personnel in ABUTH and good equipment in the hospital.

The team leader, Professor Adeleke, urged Nigerians to conduct routine checks on their blood pressure, which has been identified as the chief cause of heart failure globally.

Adeleke, who stated that the experts from US have successfully performed over 10,000 open heart surgeries for a period spanning 21 years, added that “high blood pressure is a silent killer and the major cause of kidney failure, heart failure and sudden death.

“The life expectancy in Cuba is 81; USA, 80; in Nigeria it is less than 50. So focus must be on the health sector. Good equipment and personnel must be provided in our hospitals, the way Chief Afe Babalola has done at ABUTH.

“You can get quality health delivery here in ABUTH with what we have seen. With this hospital, I don’t think there is need for medical tourism again in Nigeria.”

Naija News understands that this is coming at a time when the health sector in the country is facing hardship and abandonment by expected Government quarters.

Source: Naija News

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