To curtail medical tourism, Kelina Hospital has unveiled a 120-watt holmium laser equipment for surgical operation.
The new technology, the hospital said would effectively address the issue of medical tourism in the country.
At the commissioning of the equipment in Abuja, the minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, described the equipment as one of the most advanced technologies in surgery and thanked the hospital for bringing it to Nigeria and indeed Africa.
The minister, who was represented by the chief medical director, National Hospital, Dr. Jafaru Momoh, said that “the equipment is the most powerful one in this regard and it is invented for surgical procedure. The technology will be of enormous help to the health sector in Nigeria.”
He therefore called on other hospitals to incorporate advanced technologies into their medical practice to enable the country reduce the huge capital incurred through foreign medical treatment otherwise known as medical tourism.
Adewole also commended Surgical Aid Foundation for partnering the hospital, stressing that “it gladdens my heart to know that Surgical Aid Foundation supported over 70 patients by offsetting their bills of over N50 million. In addition to this, all the patients had minima access surgery and there were no deaths. Also important is the fact that over 70 per cent of the patients left the hospital after three days and returned to their productive lives. This act of benevolence is worthy of emulation.”
In his presentation, a consultant urologist, Kelina Hospital, Dr. Celcus Undie, said that the laser equipment has several advantages over other conventional laser, adding that the equipment is 25 per cent faster, while it has shorter lithotripsy time by 20 per cent, reduced stone retropulsion rate during lithotripsy and can suction stone fragments at the same time.