Ondo state Government has announced that its Kidney Care Centre will begin kidney transplant in the new year as part of the measures to make the centre live up to its billing as the best medical centre in the country.
The centre is also expected to take off in the new year, with its Cardiac Intervention Centre, Radiotherapy and Cancer institute as well as what has been described as a purpose built Opthamological hospital.
The state Commissioner for Information, Kayode Akinmade, while speaking with newsmen in Akure at the weekend on new services that will be available at the centre from the first quarter of next year, said the emergency surgical intervention in the country is being transformed with the state taking a leading role.
He offered that the Trauma centre is a level 1 trauma centre with personnel across all surgical specialists, adding that about 3,000 surgeries have been carried out in the yet-to-be-unveiled Trauma and Surgical Centre, with 2,400 dialyses done at the kidney Care Centre since March 2014, when the facility became operational.
Akinmade mentioned that 1,000 new cases have been received, adding that the centre has so far performed 50 spine surgeries, 350 plastic surgeries, over a thousand Ophthalmology, 800 Ortho, 100 ENT, 100 neuro and over 400 general surgeries among others.
The commissioner said the Dr. Olusegun Mimiko-led administration, was from inception determined to make Ondo State the best administered state in Nigeria and the cynosure of all eyes, of which its citizens shall be proud of and to mobilise the people to harness all her God-given resources, create and use wealth for the ends of individual happiness.
To achieve this, he said, government considered the health of the citizens of the state as a priority since health is wealth.
Also at the weekend, national president of the Nigerian Orthopaedic Association (NOA), Prof. Mike Ogirima predicted that Ondo state would continue to be a medical destination with its attendant effect on qualitative healthcare services.
He said the facilities at the University of Medical Sciences, Ondo, particularly the trauma centre, are the best in Nigeria as well as in line with global best practices.