Anambra - The Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi in Anambra, has performed its first knee-joint replacement surgery.
This is barely two months after it achieved a similar feat in hip replacement surgery on three patients.
The Acting Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Anthony Igwegbe, announced the development on Sunday in Nnewi in an interview with newsmen.
Igwegbe, a former chairman of the medical advisory committee of the hospital, said it desired to become one of the best teaching hospitals in the country.
Igwegbe said the surgery was jointly performed by the immediate past CMD of the hospital, Prof. Robinson Ofiaeli, who is an orthopaedic surgeon, and two consultants from Fortis Hospital, India, Dr Shalimar Bagh and Dr Subhash Jangid.
He said some consultants in the hospital had been sent to India to acquire new technologies and render some of the medical services sought overseas.
``The hospital acquired a lot of equipment with its internally generated revenue to carry out the surgery and different other surgeries.
``More equipment will be acquired just as the collaboration with foreign medical experts will continue and more cases will be treated by the hospital,” Igwegbe said.
He said the hospital would justify the money being spent by the Federal Ministry of Health, adding that it was one of the few teaching hospitals that received equipment worth N2 billion.
In his reaction, Jangid said Nigerian doctors could hold their own if necessary equipment were provided for them.