Sokoto Orthopaedic hospital Wamakko conducts knee transplant surgery on 50 year old woman

By Ado Hassan, Sokoto
‎FOR the third time since establishment, Sokoto state owned Orthopaedic Hospital, Wamakko had Sunday‎, successfully conducted a bilateral (total) knee transplant on a 50-year old patient, names withheld.

Disclosing the break-through Monday in a chat with reporters,the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Nuradeen Altine Aliyu, ‎said the surgery was successfully conducted on the lucky
woman who was hitherto suffering from Osteoathritis or severe
degenerative disease.

According to the CMD,” the surgery was conducted by Surgeons of the hospital and
their colleagues from the National Orthopedic Hospital, Dala, Kano State.

” The entire procedure costed N 1million, per knee, hence gulping
only N 2million, as it was highly subsidized by the state government.

” The surgery would have costed her nearly N N 5million per knee,
totaling N 2 million for the two knees, if it was done outside
Nigeria.

” This is great relief for her, as the cost had been highly subsidized here, compared to other places like India, Egypt or Germany.”

Aliyu commended the state government for providing the implants needed for such surgeries at highly subsidized prices, coupled with other
incentives.

Also commenting, the State Health Commissioner, Dr Balarabe Shehu
Kakale, urged other prospective clients to patronize the cheap medical services available at the hospital.

Kakale stated that the hospital has the equipment and manpower to provide an array of orthopaedic and other related medical services, at highly subsidized prices.

” This is better than embarking on medical tourism which is more
costly and highly inconveniencing.

” The state government will continue to support the hospital to function effectively, to bring more succor to patients in the state and other parts of Nigeria,” Kakale,promised.

It could be recalled that the hospital had conducted two of such
surgeries in March, 2017, on both knees and the second one on a single knee

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