Despite having the necessary trained personnel and equipment to carry out kidney transplants, the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, UBTH, is not able to do so because of different challenges, an official has said.
The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Michael Ibadin, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Benin, Edo State, on Sunday.
He said that each time the hospital wanted to carry out a transplant, one challenge often disrupted it.
He mentioned one of the challenges as industrial actions by health workers, saying “the last Nigerian Medical Association strike caused us a lot of troubles; all the plans we had for a transplant were truncated”.
“We need to go back to the drawing board to activate the whole process again,” he said. “We had set September, this year, as our deadline to begin transplant, but the challenges prevented us from making progress.
“I will call the stakeholders and we will set a new target for ourselves.”
Mr. Ibadin said that UBTH had the required facilities, including equipment and drugs, as well as trained personnel, comprising surgeons, anaesthetists and physicians, to manage the patients.
“Where the patients will be kept after the transplant is also in place,” he added.