From Andrew Ajijah, Jos
Authorities of the University of Jos, have equipped tissue and renal laboratory at the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) in Plateau State to enable it commence Kidney transplant.
Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Pokop Buptwatda, made the disclosure, while receiving the equipment.
The CMD who was represented by his predecessor, Dr Ishaya Pam, informed that the equipment were facilitated through the Vice Chancellor of the University of Jos, Prof Tanko Ishaya.
“The Urology and Kidney Center, was made possible through the efforts of the Vice Chancellor University of Jos, Prof Tanko Ishaya, who obtained a grant of 1 billion naira and procured the equipment.”
JUTH Chief Medical Director revealed that the said equipment were already used recently in carrying out successful kidney stones surgery on two patients, adding the seven others are waiting to be treated of same health challenge.
Performing the official handing over of the equipment to management of JUTH, Vice Chancellor, University of Jos, Prof Tanko Ishaya, revealed that the medical equipment were procured through a one billion naira grant offered the institution by TETfund.
The VC said the gesture shall safe Nigerians millions of dollars they spend overseas on kidney related illnesses.
Prof Tanko cautioned those who will using the equipment to handle them with care and charged JUTH’s management to safeguard the equipment from theft.
Meanwhile, the CMD has said that if the equipment are properly put to use, JUTH shall soon become a referral kidney center in Nigeria.
“We should go beyond just kidney, neurology and kidney transplant, we should move towards having a center for transplant medicine here in JUTH.”
“This center is going to bring a lot of succour to people because over a thousand persons are suffering from kidney diseases and many more, for various other diseases,” the e CMD noted.
The Voice reports that already, medical personnel from the Department of Medical Microbiology in the hospital are currently undergoing thorough training on how to effectively and efficiently use the equipment.
A trainee on the equipment, Dr Jatua Ezra, who is the HOD Beamer-Biological, affirmed that all the equipment procured were those they have researched about.
Dr Ezra expressed satisfaction with the equipment, saying they are modern and of international standards.
On his part, the contractor, who procured the equipment, Alhaji Umar Ali, procured the medical equipment told journalists in an interview that his company carried out the contract within specifications and delivered timely.
The Voice gathered that the
Typing Tissue Laboratory equipped by the University of Jos, at JUTH through TETfund is the first of its kind in Nigeria.