#GoodNews: Ondo State Medical Village Set To Begin Kidney Transplants
Ondo State Medical Village set to begin kidney transplant surgeries to further give a boost to the bouquet of services it offers patients around the country.
Governor Olusegun Mimiko was speaking on the successes recorded at the Medical Village while inspecting the Ondo State University of Medical Sciences facility ahead of its inauguration Saturday, March 12, 2016.
He noted that the state renal transplant initiative committee has been set up to begin technical planning on commencement of kidney and organ transplant at the Medical Village.
Mimiko revealed that the Ondo Kidney and Dialysis center situated in the Medical Village is the first in Africa to discover and report the rare co-existence of lupus nephritis and Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease through its research drive.
“This is significant because all over the world, only 32 cases of this important disease complex have been reported. This report is soon to be published in Annals of African Medicine, an internationally recognized medical journal,” Mimiko said.
“We also make bold to say that the center is the 2nd largest dialysis Centre in Nigeria in 2 years of establishment and arguably second only to St. Nicholas Hospital, Lagos, which has been in existence for decades.”
The governor added that the Mother and Child Hospital, also located in the Medical Village, has recorded monumental achievements in less than four years of establishment. These achievements include accreditation at first attempt for Residency Training in Obstetrics & Gynaecology by the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria,
The Mother and Child Hospital has also received certification as a research centre by the Department of Reproductive Health & Research of the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.
“The Mother and Child Hospital, Ondo has commenced residency training in Obstetrics & Gynaecology department. It had a successful accreditation visit by the Faculty of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of West African College of Surgeons.
“The hospital also successfully co-hosted with the Ondo State Trauma Centre, an accreditation visiting panel of the Faculty of Radiology and Anaesthesiology of West African College of Surgeons and National Post Graduate Medical College of Nigeria,” Mimiko revealed.
He said the Mother and Child Hospital in Ondo has successfully done more than 10,000 safe deliveries including about 8,000 natural deliveries and more than 2,300 cesarean sections all at zero costs to the patients resident in Ondo and a nominal fee for non-residents of the state.
Mimiko explained that the capacities of the various health facilities at the Medical Village have been strengthen such that they would competently facilitate 21st century training for students of the University of Medical Sciences.
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“The running of Kidney Care Centre is premised upon the National Kidney Foundation guideline of teamwork in the care of the kidney patient which stipulates that there must be a standing renal team comprising of the nephrologists, dialysis/transplant nurses, renal dieticians, clinical psychologists, social workers, and the dialysis technicians among others.
”Our Kidney Care Centre produced the first set of indigenous nephrology nurses in addition to being the only viable dialysis centre for infectious cases with capacity to dialyze patients with transmittable infections such as HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis B and C.
“What’s more, the Mother and Child Hospital, Ondo has an on-going exchange programme affiliation with the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. Iowa, USA, one of the most globally recognized teaching hospitals.”
Mimiko emphasised that all these facilities and faculty, combined with best practices will make the students of the University of Medical Sciences favorably compete with their counterparts across the globe.