Kelina Hospital, Surgical Aid Foundation Poised To Treat Over 80 Nigerians On Prostate Cancer
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Kelina Hospital and Surgical Aid Foundation (SAF) in Abuja will be treating over 80 Nigerians suffering from prostate cancer this October, saying black people have the highest of prostate cancer worldwide.
This was disclosed yesterday in Abuja during a press conference to usher in the occasion of the commissioning of the 120 Watts Holmium Laser Machine (Moses Technology) and the 2018 Surgical Outreach in collaboration with Surgical Aid Foundation.
Speaking to Kelina Hospital Consultant Urological Surgeon, Dr. Ukelina Undie, he said the hospital is equipped with world class equipment that people don’t have to go on abroad for surgical operations this is why we are partnering with Surgical Aids Foundation to treat over 80 Nigerians during this outreach.
Commissioning team with Ukelina Undie with the wife far left.
According to him, “Laser Machine has a lot of advantages over the conventional once and can reduce mortality especially in women who died as a result of fibroid complications. Saying these deaths are majorly caused by excess bleeding and with this machine the blood loss is not up to one syringe.”
Speaking to Prof. Friday Odey, Board Member Surgical Aid Foundation (SAF), after the event, he said, with the foundation, people with certain medical conditions have hope.
” This is a message of hope. People with certain medical conditions can now know that there is avaliable facilities they can come and seek, get treated. With “Minimal Access Surgery” they can get treatments that might have been beyond their reach,” he said.
According to him, SAF have two or three hospitals working with them, that they have strict conditions hospital has to meet to partner with them.
Asked how the foundation gets the funds for charity actions, he says, ” We make appeal to people especially from those people who must have passed through similar medical conditions, and they are responding to the best of their abilities,” he noted.
He used the opportunity to appeal to concerned Nigerians to come forward to donate to the cause to save lives as “Your timely contribution can save a life,” he appealed.
Made known at the event, was that some of their patients have not been regular with their Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) checks and PSA is used to monitor response to treatment. SAF has invited those who want to benefit from the tests to come over this October for PSA.
It is worthy of note that their current technology can measure PSA levels accurately from any level, even as low as 0.0001 to as high as 5,000.
Presently, over 200 patients have indicated interest and SAF according to the Foundation, will be spending over N3,000,000 on PSA tests on individuals, especially the financially challenged.
Initially, their focus was on breast cancer and cancer of the cervix which is the most common cancer affecting women in Africa.
It is of note, early detection is the only way to possible curative treatment.
The third aspect of their Outreach programme this year is free dental checks.
So far, over 300 people have registered to have a dental check and have been booked for the clinic examination.
Accordingly, SAF will be spending over N900,000 on these checks 2018 and, will be sponsoring Minimal Access Surgery for the following problems: Enlarged prostate will be done using 120 Watts Holmium Laser Enucleation of the Prostate recently acquired by Kelina hospital; Kidney stones; Huge Kidney Stones; Gall Stone; Gynaecological problems including uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts; and other forms of Minimal Access Surgery.
So, any patient interested in any of the listed surgeries or some form of Minimal Access or laser based surgery in Urology, General Surgery or Obstetrics and Gynecology should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration of beneficiaries is ongoing and patients would be required to complete their pre-operative tests one week before surgery.
Pamela Ogwata reporting.