The Sokoto State-owned Orthopedic Hospital, Wamakko, in Wamakko Local Government of Sokoto State, has successfully conducted a “bilateral total knee transplant” on a 50-year old woman (names withheld).
The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the hospital, Dr Nuradeen Altine Aliyu, announced this fit to newsmen in Wamakko town.
Aliyu said the successful surgery was conducted on the lucky woman, who had been suffering from Osteoarthritis or severe degenerative disease of both knees.
The Renaissance reports that Osteoarthritis (OA), which is also known as osteoarthrosis or degenerative joint disease (DJD), is a progressive disorder of the joints caused by gradual loss of cartilage and resulting in the development of bony spurs and cysts at the margins of the joints.
The name osteoarthritis comes from three Greek words meaning bone, joints and inflammation.
According to the CMD, the surgery was conducted by surgeons of the hospital and their colleagues from the National Orthopedic Hospital, Dala in Kano, Kano State.
“The entire operation cost N1 million per knee, in spite of the fact that the state government subsidised the operation.
“The surgery would have cost about N5 million per knee if the operation had been carried out outside Nigeria.
“This is a great relief for the patience, as the cost had been highly
subsidised here, compared to what obtains in places like India, Egypt or Germany,” The Renaissance quotes Aliyu as saying.
The CMD commended the state government for providing the implants needed for such surgeries at highly subsidised prices, coupled with other incentives.
Also commenting, the State Health Commissioner, Dr Balarabe Shehu Kakale, urged other prospective clients to patronise the hospital for cheap medical services.
Kakale remarked that the hospital was well-equipped and adequately staffed with qualified personnel to provide an array of orthopaedic and other related medical services.
“This is better than embarking on medical tourism, which is more costly and highly inconveniencing.
“The state government will continue to support the hospital to function effectively to bring more succour to patients in the state and other parts of Nigeria,” Kakale said.
The Renaissance gathered that the hospital conducted two of similar surgeries in March this year, the first on both knees and the other on a single knee.
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