By Nse Anthony-Uko
(Sundiata Post) — The University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH) Enugu in partnership with BUK Multi-specialist Hospital India, is set to commence kidney transplantation programme in Nigeria o ease the sufferings of patients with End Stage renal disease (ESRO).

 A letter from the Renal Transplantation Committee of UNTH titled “Commencement of Renal Transplantation Programme in University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital Enugu” said that the first set of living related donor transplants will take place from 7th to 14th July 2018 and subsequently every quarter.

 The Hospital also called on all health institutions in Nigeria to refer to their ESRO patients desiring transplant who have living donors that will donate without any financial compensation to UNTH for commencement of appropriate and treatment for evaluation and cross-matching to get ready for the said date.

 ESRO is an important cause of morbidly and mortality with mortality in Nigeria approaching 100 per cent by year of diagnosis owing to limited availability and enormous cost of renal replacement therapy. It is also common knowledge that kidney disease ranks top as a cause of overseas medical tourism in Nigeria.

 “To this end, we have put in place a Renal Transplantation Programme in our hospital in collaboration with BUK Multi-specialist Hospital India, to help alleviate the sufferings of ESPO patients in our country.”
“It is estimated that the cost for each transplant will be N11 million. However, in line with our vision to establish an accessible and affordable RTP my for all Nigerians, we have been able to get support from some sponsors. This has slashed the estimated cost of both their transplant and the six months immunosuppressive drugs for each transplant to N3.5 million.”

 “It is our earnest hope that this programme will help ameliorate the dearth of transplant facility in Nigeria.”
For an appointment the Renal Transplantation Committee can be reached through any of the following:
Prof Chinwuba K. Ijoma (08037212250, Chairman
Prof Ifeoma Ulasi (08033262503,
Prof Ejikeme B. Arodiwe (08033415326,
Dr Obinna D. Onodupo (08033424217,
Dr Julius U. Okoye (08037164202,
Dr Onu Ugochi Chika (08037164202, Transplant Coordinator


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