The University College Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo State and a medical equipment company, JNC International, have promised to assist Nigerians in need of heart surgeries.

The hospital’s Chief Medical Director, Prof. Tope Alonge, who made this known, said that already, the two organisations had collaborated to carry out over 10 successful open-heart surgeries.

Alonge stated this on the sidelines after conducting an operation at the hospital’s state-of-the-art catheterisation laboratory. The hospital, he added, had hosted a team of cardiovascular surgeons from Tri-State Cardiovascular Institute, United States of America. The Managing Director of JNCI, Mrs. Clare Omatseye, who also spoke on the occasion, said the presence of the CATH laboratory, a public and private partnership initiative, would reduce the number of Nigerians seeking to go overseas for heart-related surgeries. She said, “We have resolved to collaborate with medical institutions to acquire state-of-the-art equipment under our PPP plan.

It has so far lived up to expectations with the numerous successful heart surgeries at the facility. “We are committed to curbing the emigration of Nigerians to foreign countries for medical intervention, and we are ready to collaborate with medical institutions to acquire advanced equipment under their PPP plan. “We want to turn around that negative trend. Beyond supplying the equipment, we go the extra mile to maintain the medical equipment in our routine maintenance scheme by our team of engineers. We are trying our best to ensure that our doctors are also equipped and they are empowered to carry out procedures in Nigeria; hence we support them for further trainings abroad.”

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