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UPTH set to begin kidney transplant in October, training of personnel to begin in August

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Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee, Prof Datonye Dennis Alasia

The University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) will in October this year commence kidney transplant services.

This was disclosed by the Chief Medical director (CMD), Prof Henry Ugboma on Friday 28th June 2024, during the monthly Hospital Grand Rounds where a department or team comes to brief the hospital community and some stakeholders on an important medical situation.

The June Hospital Grand Rounds which was hybrid and hosted by the UPTH Renel Transplant Team, had the topic ‘Kidney Transplantation in UPTH: Prospects’, to create awareness about the renal centre.

The CMD who was represented by the Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC), Prof Datonye Dennis Alasia stated that as part of the hospital’s advancement plan, the hospital intends to scaleup services to provide transplantation services for renal and stem cell bone marrow transplantations.

In his opening remark, he revealed that for the purpose of commencing a transplantation services, “We have set up a multi-disciplinary team and we have collaboration partners from across the globe, both internally and also externally.

“So we hope that at the end of this meeting, the execution of the journey will be clear, and it will also create the awareness within the facility and also outside, and may also help mobilize whatever supports and partnerships that are required for us to achieve this.”

The month of October which is the strategic timeline to commence kidney transplant in the UPTH, is believed will benefit citizens who incur huge treatment costs abroad, advance the hospital’s course and give fulfillment inline with the UPTH’s mission and vision as an institution.

Alasia further revealed that the NLNG which is one of the collaborative partners has funded provision of equipments, and given some support with the external work of the Centre.

Discussing further on why this month’s Hospital Grand Rounds was centered around the renal centre, Alasia said it will help members of the team to have a better understanding of what is expected of them, help in the building of the multi-disciplinary team, and further create staff and public awareness of the centre.

Giving further details, the Ground Rounds Coordinator, Onyeanunam Ngozi Ekeke, said the kidney is one of the organs that could fail, and can be replaced through transplantation, which according to him means “bringing an organ from one place, which we call donor, to another site, which we call the recipient, that is the person that receives it”.

He said the UPTH which is an institution for training, service and for research has alot of skilled personnels and patients that also require transplant, and is in the process of starting the transplantation, so already a large team has been constituted to establish the UPTH transplant centre.

“The present management of the hospital, as part of the five-year development programme wants to carry out kidney transplant.

“We cannot do it alone, so we are collaborating with some centres, both locally and internationally. And through the efforts of management, we have a specific building that is designed.

“That building conception was as far back as over 10 years ago, but right now, the building is almost completed. So we are starting a transplant clinic, and we also need further mentoring process, and then we hope that before the end of the year, we would have done our first transplant.”

During the event, the different units of the transplant, including doctors, nurses, physiotherapist, medical social workers, finance and pharmacy were involved in making presentations and contributions.

While making presentation for the Microbiology Team, Prof Orikomaba Obunge, a professor of Medical Microbiology said his department is now in the position of identifying a myraid of infections and is prepared to collaborate with other departments to have a successful kidney transplant in the UPTH.

The Medical Social Services Department, pleaded with the transplant team to keepvthe department informed from when the patients presents itself, so they will know how to source for funds for the patient, if need be.

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