Plans have been concluded to commence kidney transplant at the College of Medicine, the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), before the end of the year.
The arrangement is part of plans by the institution’s alumni association to reposition the college using its best brains and contacts to end medical tourism by Nigerians.
Announcing this yesterday in Enugu, the National President of the UNN College of Medicine Alumni Association (UNNCOMA), Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo said that with adequate facilities and funding, the college could effectively handle about 1000 heart surgeries yearly.
Nwodo said that UNNCOMA has commenced moves to build a N6 billion ultra-modern College of Medicine at University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH) permanent site in Ituku Ozalla, Enugu State, which was not provided for during the movement to the permanent site.
According to him, the alumni were desirous of ensuring that their alma mater remained the first in medical practice in Africa, and check the nation’s loss of resources to medical treatment abroad.
The former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said they decided on the project because they were convinced that the yearly paltry financial allocation to the college would not actualize the project in any time soon.