The Rivers State University Teaching Hospital (RSUTH) has announced that it has successfully performed 15 brain surgeries between May and August 2023.
This comes after the hospital was upgraded from a secondary to a tertiary healthcare institution in May.
The management of RSUTH has hailed these achievements as significant milestones in the field of neurosurgery.
The surgeries conducted during this period included addressing pathological issues in the brain and treating congenital disorders of the spine in children, among other conditions.
Prof. Chizindu Alikor, the Chief Medical Director of RSUTH, expressed his pride in the hospital’s accomplishments and highlighted that RSUTH consistently outperforms other tertiary healthcare institutions in the country.
The successful brain surgeries conducted by RSUTH have demonstrated the hospital’s commitment to providing high-quality healthcare and advancing the field of neurosurgery.
“Some of the brain pathologies such as intracranial haemorrhage (bleeding into the brain) have had surgeries performed successfully and discharged
“Surgeries have also been performed successfully in children with various congenital diseases including Ventriculo-Peritoneal Shunt surgeries for children with Hydrocephalus, which is a condition where there’s extensive cerebrospinal fluid in the ventricular system of the brain.
“During the Ventriculo-Peritoneal shunt procedure, a flap is cut in the scalp and a small hole is drilled in the skull and a small catheter is passed into a ventricle of the brain.
“With every ventriculo-Peritoneal shunt carried out at the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital, the patients (Children) have been saved from blindness, inability to walk and mental decline,” he said.
The MD stated that the hospital’s medical doctors have successfully addressed Myelomeningoceles, a congenital disorder where the spinal canal and backbone do not fully close before birth.
Alikor stated that the hospital hopes to offer crucial to Nigerians living with diverse medical conditions, aligning with the primary directive of the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Adaeze Oreh.
“We will continue to render these very important services to people living with Hydrocephalus and other congenital and acquired Neurosurgical pathologies in our environment as long as they make themselves available,” he added.
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