Oilserv Ltd., an integrated Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) company, and the Sir Emeka Okwuosa Foundation in association with the VOOM Foundation, USA, have broken a medical record by performing 24 open-heart surgeries in the country.
This is contained in a statement by the Chief Executive Officer, Oilserv Group, Dr. Emeka Okwusa, on Wednesday in Abuja.
Okwuosa said the surgeries were performed through Dame Irene Okwuosa Memorial Hospital, a multi-million dollar hospital that specializes in critical care management and automated surgical procedures.
He said that open-heart surgeries performed on adults and children at the hospital located in Oraifite, Anambra, were part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility.
According to him, the feat is an improvement on the first 2022 medical fair held in May, where only eight open-heart surgeries were performed at no cost to patients and their guardians.
“It is worth noting that Nigeria performs 50 open heart surgeries in a year, but Dame Irene Okwuosa Memorial Hospital performed 24 open heart surgeries on 23 patients worth more than N180 million in just 10 days, 12 cardiac catheterizations and one pacemaker insertion.
“In addition, 348 general practice cases (with a focus on diabetes, arthritis and hypertension) were carried out at no cost to the beneficiaries,” he said.
Okwuosa said observers from the Federal Ministry of Health, the Nigerian Pediatric Association and the Nigerian Society of Pediatric Cardiology were on the ground to observe the proceedings.
“Having a hospital perform 24 open heart surgeries in two weeks is a significant feat that has never been recorded in the history of Nigeria and Africa in general.
“We believe in the power of humanity to solve any challenge and are driven by determination and passion to positively impact lives.
“Oilserv and the foundation’s contribution to families, communities in Anambra and Nigeria as a whole aligns with our deep-seated commitment to positively impact lives and support the Federal Government of Nigeria,” added Okwuosa.
The foundation had also touched lives through poverty alleviation programs, capacity building, provision of basic services such as roads and water.
He also provided scholarships to people and improved the standard of living of people in the Oraifite community in Anambra and other neighboring communities and Nigeria in general.
Source Credit: NAN