On 17/Feb/2014 / In Medical News
The University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) has achieved another first in the medical meadow, as the health institution recorded a breakthrough in “Total Red Blood Cell Exchange”
Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the hospital, Mike Ibadin, who announced the result of the breakthrough to newsmen at a press conference in Benin at the weekend, said the exercise, being the first in the country and south of the Sahara, was successfully conducted on a 27-year-old Masters Degree student, a sickle cell patient, and whose name is being withheld for ethical reasons.
He explained that every human adult needs at least six litres of blood divided into red and white blood cells, adding that for a sickle cell patient, “his problem is located in the red blood cells.”
According to Ibadin, “for an adult male patient, he always has erection of the penis purposeless, painful among other implications. There are no drugs available for it and the only remedy is that either the red blood cells are changed through an operation. What we did here in UBTH is to remove all the abnormal red blood cells while the patient is still alive and replace it with new cells”.
Corroborating the explanations of the CMD, the Head, Haematology of the hospital, Godwin Bazuaye, who led the operation, while saying that no fewer than 3 per cent of the Nigerian population suffers from sickle cell anaemia, the highest in the world, said “we have the ability in the UBTH to remove all the cells and replace them with new ones.”
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