Lagos State University Teaching Hospital said that it has consolidate on the previous successes recorded since the inauguration of kidney transplant unit in the hospital, adding that its continous partnership with Apollo Hospitals, India will translate into improved skills of its indigenous kidney transplant specialists and consultants to record greater feats in successful kidney transplantation.

According to the Chief Medical Director of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Prof. David Adewale Oke, the hospital has concluded arrangement to periodically host kidney transplant specialists and Nephroligists to give expert opinion, train and develop the hospital's personnel. Oke who received members of Apollo Hospitals, India today at LASUTH, Ikeja explained that the intention of the Government for collaborating with renowned specialists in some core medical specialties is also a way of transferring skills to the indigenous Doctors, while exposing them to international best practices on kidney and renal transplantation.

He noted that the hospital will soon have a section that will be offering preferential services for persons facing kidney related problems where they will also be guided and counselled on compliance to medical prescriptions and other health issues. The Chief Medical Director used the occasion to implore Lagosians to buy-in to the Lagos State Health Insurance Scheme which he described as the way out of all health related challenges.

The Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Health, Hon. Segun Olulade said the collaboration with Apollo Hospitals is another milestone achieved by the hospital to save lives and give hope to patients who are not healthy enough to go through the stress of traveling to India and other countries for transplant services.

"We are glad this collaboration is here to exchange skills, knowledge and new ideas. This will save many lives and bring hope for qualitative health care. This will equally help many to cut cost of traveling to India or Germany especially now that we have more knowledgeable and experienced medical personel."

The General Manager, Health Care Services, Apollo Hospital, India, Dr. Shahid Parwez said collaboration with the hospital is an opportunity to foster a rich exchange of knowledge, expertise and information regarding kidney transplant, noting that health challenge unprecedented globally and not peculiar to Lagos State.

He maintained that challenges in health motivated the synergy with Lagos State University Teaching Hospital to strengthen the renal and kidney transplanting programme, thereby making quality healthcare available to a larger population of Nigeria and neighbouring countries.

Aderonke Bello-Anifowose

Head, Public Affairs,



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