By Christopher Isiguzo in Enugu
Of the number, only three were completely carried out by the hospi- tal’s local team while the remaining were done by surgeons from the United States and the United King- dom and facilitated by the Vincent Obioma Ohaju Memorial (VOOM), foundation, a non-governmental charity organisation based in the United States.
ANigerian-born United Kingdom based Paediatric Surgeon; Dr. Ikenna Omeje is the lead surgeon for the 15th session.
The organisation, whose officials have arrived Enugu are expected to take off with their mission on May 8, adding that about 20 children with various cases of heart diseases would be attended to during the 14-day exercise.
This is coming as the hospital again raised the alarm that about two per cent of the nationâ€™s population may be living with Surgically Amenable Conditions, and asked governments at all levels to earmark resources to arrest the situation before it degenerates to an alarming level.
He also disclosed that an additional 80 patients including 50 children and 30 adults were also on the waiting lists.
Amah reiterated his earlier stance that the hospital would want to carry out at least 100 open heart surgeries annually if enabled by funding, noting that because of the huge financial involvement in carrying out the exercise coupled with the fact that most people with heart related diseases were poor, most people were yet to take advantage of the exercise in the hospital.
â€œI can tell you that if we have improved funding, we can even handle 200 cases per annum and this will save this country huge sums of money that ordinarily would have left the country through capital flight,â€ he said.