First Open Heart Surgery In Anambra State Carried Out Successfully


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This is great great news for Anambra State. Dr Nwiloh is joined by his team of doctors and pharmacists which includes his sister Pharm(Mrs) Ada Obikili and Dr. Kate Okpukpara who are parents of the co-founders of (Arinze Obikili & Emeka Okpukpara) respectively.

ANAMBRA has become the latest Nigerian state to carry out heart surgery after doctors at the St Joseph Specialist Hospital in Adazi Nnukwu successfully carried out an operation over the weekend. Of late, Nigeria has been stepping up its treatment of heart ailments with doctors at the University College Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan conducting the country’s first-ever coronary artery by-pass gland open heart surgery without blood transfusion in January.

Celebrated as a landmark in Nigerian healthcare, the surgery was done with the aid of a Toshiba Cardiac Capitalisation Machine which was acquired by the hospital in 2011 and put into use last year. Now, the St Joseph Specialist Hospital, has carried out its first heart surgery through a team of 15 doctors and medical workers led by the renowned US-based cardiac surgeon Dr Joseph Nwiloh. An Anambra State indigene, Dr Nwiloh is globally regarded as one of the best heart surgeons in the world. He led a team of doctors to carry out the surgery in a building housing the Heart Centre, which was named after him by the former governor Peter Obi.

At the time, Governor Obi built the clinic as a way of celebrating worthy Anambra sons and daughters and hold them up as role models for the young. Dr Nwiloh who helped in equipping the centre, thanked God for His mercies and Governor Obi, who was present at the surgery, for his vision. Dr Nwiloh had requested that the former governor be present to witness the first surgery on Saturday, adding that he was happy with the fruits of collaboration between the church and the state government. He added that he was even happier that the current governor Willie Obiano has continued with this collaboration, saying that the ultimate beneficiaries are the people of the state.