Abuja –The kidney transplant facility that is a culmination of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Delta State Government and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre (UTSMC) is almost ready for use, government officials said.
The facility would be situated at Delta State University Teaching Hospital (DELSUTH).
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Health Monitoring, Dr Rukevwe Ugwumba, said it would “soon” offer services to members of the public.
Late last year, the Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, signed a MoU with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center to develop a centre of excellence for kidney transplant and treatment of kidney related diseases.
The objective of the MoU was to establish a partnership that promotes joint initiatives in the fields of nephrology and kidney transplantation between the parties.
During the event, the governor noted that it would take between 14 and 16 months to set up the fields of nephrology and kidney transplantation of internationally-acceptable standards at DELSUTH. Specifically, the governor said this required improvement of the Dialysis Centre, Laboratory, Radiology and Theatre Departments of DELSUTH into centres of excellence.
To achieve this, Uduaghan said that the state government would enhance the infrastructure and equipment at DELSUTH as well as the capacity of the personnel. He said the personnel at DELSUTH would be sent to UTSMC for specialization and refresher courses to enable them cope with the new facilities and discharge their duties efficiently.
“The overall objective is to make the facilities for nephrology and kidney transplant available and at a cheaper rate to the people,” he said.
– CAJ News