UNTH gets machine for brain surgery

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University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital in Enugu State

Relief may have finally come the way of Nigerians with neurosurgical cases as the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital in Enugu State has taken delivery of Ceiling Mounted Operating Microscope machine that could enable it to deal with complex and deep brain surgeries.

The Chief Medical Director of the UNTH, Dr Christopher Amah, noted that UNTH had been known for its first-class services in thoracic surgery following its resuscitation of open heart surgery.

He added that the new medical equipment would enable the management to position the hospital as the best in the country in any field of medicine.

“Now, problems in the base of the skulls, brain spinal and stem tumors, among other deep-seated brain cases, could be operated upon,” he said.

The CMD added that a team of neurosurgeons from Sweden, which was on a medical mission at the hospital, had performed eight successful neurosurgical cases with the new equipment.

“We have neurosurgeons but the challenge had been that of having the right equipment to deal with some of the complex deep regions of the brain. This is the problem we are solving with this particular mission.

Dr Magnus Tiseil, who led the Swedish experts, said the mission was borne out of a strategic collaboration that began with the hospital two years ago, explaining that they were impressed with the facilities at the UNTH.

A neurosurgeon with the UNTH, Dr Enoch Uche, stated that such facilities were not available in government hospitals.

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