March 21, 2012

UNILORIN teaching hospital starts kidney transplant, cosmetic surgery

The University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital has concluded plans to start cosmetic surgery and kidney transplant in the hospital.

Speaking at a press conference in Ilorin on Tuesday, the Chief Medical Director, Prof. Abdulwaheed Olatinwo, said UITH had the capacity to match the development.

Medical doctors operating on a patient
Doctors operating on a patient

He stated that the hospital’s plan to start renal care and kidney transplant was delayed to ensure a good start as well as sustained quality and efficient service delivery.

He said the project would commence in June.

Olatinwo said, “We are looking at the aspect of cosmetic surgery. We are already working with some institutions outside the country so that people can go for training on cosmetic surgery.

“Plastic surgery entails even reconstructing for bones which we are doing perfectly well. We have the capacity, manpower, two consultants and we believe that within a very short time, people can even come in for cosmetics training.”

He added, “About renal care and kidney transplant, we believe in total quality care. We want to be sure that we get it right 100 per cent and we are able to sustain it. That is the reason for the delay.

“But I can assure you that we are almost at the state of carrying out the procedure. Investigations have been concluded. Before the end of June, we shall be able to have renal plant transmission.”

Olatinwo said there were standard medicare and modern medical equipment in the country, adding that the number of Nigerians travelling abroad for medical attention had reduced.

He stated that because of the improved health care, many foreigners had been coming to Nigeria for medical attention.

According to him, UITH spends about N16m on diesel and N2m as electricity charges from Power Holding Company of Nigeria monthly.

He explained that at the inception of his administration, the power available to the hospital was less than 20 per cent of its needs.

Olatinwo stated that the hospital had invested much in power for efficient service delivery, adding that currently, power supply to the hospital had increased from low supply at inception of his administration to about 85 per cent of its power demand.

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  1. Nwogu S. UNILORIN teaching hospital begins cosmetic surgery, kidney transplant. Punch. March 21, 2012. Available online at

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