In the first such programme of its kind, the medical team from the US were brought to Nigeria by the Global Eagle Foundation to carry out operations on five patients at the hospital in Adazi Nnukwu in Anaocha Local Government Area. They were led by Dr Joe Nwiloh, an indigene of the state and the operation was carried out in partnership with the state government and the Catholic Diocese of Awka.
St Joseph’s hospital’s heart centre is named after Dr Nwiloh, who initiated the project with the support of the Anambra State government. Of the five patients that were operated upon, who all had coronary problems, four were adults, while one was a child.
Dr Uju Nwogu, the Anambra State commissioner for information, culture and tourism, said patients were the first in the southeast and south south zones of the country to undergo coronary artery bypass surgery. He added that this was made possible by the sophisticated state-of-the-art monitoring equipment and mechanical support which the centre has for all heart-related ailments.
According to Dr Nwogu, the Adazi Nnukwu hospital has become very popular in the area of heart surgery as many people go there for routine checks and consultations. She called on Nigerians to avail themselves of the great life-saving opportunity available in Anambra State to treat their heart diseases and be healthy.
Dr Nwogu also called on philanthropic individuals and corporate organisations to contribute to the growth of the centre by assisting in acquiring a cardiac catheterisation laboratory to enable it complete its diagnostic capabilities. It is not yet clear