The Chairman of University College Hospital, Ibadan, Prof. Kamar Adeleke, has said that the hospital will perform 11 open-heart surgeries in April.
Adeleke told newsmen that arrangements were being concluded to facilitate the surgeries.
According to him, the operation is tagged ‘Awake Surgery’ because the patients would be conscious during surgery, adding that “medication will be given to take the edge off while the operation lasted”.
He said the Department of Intervention Cardiovascular was limited financially and was seeking for cash donations from well–meaning Nigerians and corporate organisations.
Adeleke said the department was partnering with some institutions, including Babcock University, Obafemi Awolowo University and Aliko Dangote Health Institution.
He named other partners as the Kano Teaching Hospital, MTN Health Foundation, and the Lagos State Government.
Adeleke said that a team of Nigerian surgeons recently carried out a successful catheterisation surgery without the supervision of foreign experts.
He said that more than 200 patients were awaiting cardiovascular surgery at the UCH, adding that 11 of them were short-listed for the operation.
He said the Intervention Cardiovascular Department was able to source for funds for surgery for six of the 11 patients.
Adeleke said that Mrs Florence Ajimobi, wife of the Oyo State governor, and the Lagos State Government would sponsor three patients each, adding that each operation would cost N2 million.
He appealed to well-meaning Nigerians to support the department in carrying out the tasks.
It would be recalled that Adeleke led a team of experts in 2013 to perform the first successful open-heart surgery at UCH.