By Sodiq Lawal
The cardiac surgical team Of Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex(OAUTHC) has successfully performed open heart surgeries to seven Nigerians and 5 closed heart surgeries.
The surgeries included the repair of a 10- month-old boy with Type 1A truncus arteriosus, the very first successful repair of truncus arteriosus in Nigeria.
Ife City News in an interview with one of the OAUTCH Cardiothoracic Surgeon From , Dr Uvie Onakpoya said the teaching hospital complex had successfully performed 12 open heart surgeries as well as 14 closed heart surgeries in 2016 and this year has recorded another heart surgeries to seven Nigerians and 5 closed heart surgeries.
He explained that the success story of the surgical operations were achieved based on the competence of the cardiac surgical team and cardiology unit who work in very close partnership with the International Congenital Heart Centre of Sheba Medical Centre, Israe,l to provide world- class care at very low cost.
He stated further that the scope of surgical operations include the whole range of congenital heart surgeries including closures of patent ductus arteriosus, atrial septal defects, ventricular septal defects, total corrections of tetralogy of Falot, repairs of atrioventricular septal defect and valve repairs amongst others.
He added that they routinely implant pacemakers to treat symptomatic bradyarrythmias.
“Our hospital is fully equipped with the latest intraoperative and post-operative equipment to ensure success of our surgeries”
He boasted that the well trained and highly skilled professional medical experts of OAUTHC are kind, compassionate and are very committed to diagnosing and treating all congenital and acquired heart l diseases while taking cognizance of the psychological components of cardiovascular diseases.