UNICAL Teaching Hospital Performs First Open-heart Surgery

The University of Calabar Teaching Hospital has successfully performed its first open-heart surgery in the hospital.

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The Chief Medical Director/Chief Executive Officer of the hospital, Prof Ikpeme Ikpeme, made this known in a statement titled, “Today we made history…& we move!”

The statement read in part, “Today, Wednesday 15th September 2021, at 6.43 pm, history was made in our UCTH when the first-ever open heart surgery was performed in our hospital and the patient safely wheeled out to our Intensive Care Unit. 

“She had received a Mitral valve replacement following about six and a half hours of surgery. This has been the culmination of two years of hard work, determination, sacrifice, vision and focus at different levels of our hospital. And we must offer sincere gratitude to God and all who worked to make this happen. 

“It is the guiding principle of this management to work quietly to achieve the vision and mission of our hospital and reposition her appropriately in the comity of tertiary health institutions in Nigeria. We have driven this agenda by focusing steadily on the 3R mantra and refusing to be distracted. We must appreciate all staff who made this happen openly.

According to Ikpeme, the Memorandum of Understanding for Open Heart Surgery Missions was signed with the VOOM Foundation sometime in 2015/16. 

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