Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, the wife of the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Monday called for the inclusion of kidney patients in the National Health Insurance Scheme.
The Lagos State First Lady, who was represented by Ibironke Sodehinde, the Medical Director, General Hospital, Ifako-Ijaiye, made this call during the ceremony of the 4th biennial conference of the Transplant Association of Nigeria in Lagos.
Sodehinde decried the state of the health system in the country, adding that government was not doing enough to address kidney transplant in Nigeria.
“It is common knowledge here that the problem of organ transplant is rejection, because the drugs needed to suppress the immunity of the patients are very expensive and not readily available, and most people will not be able to keep up with the medication,” she said.
Also speaking at the ceremony, Prof. Nadey Hakim, a British-Lebanese transplant surgeon at the Imperial College Healthcare, London, stressed the need to encourage organ transplant patients to stay in Nigeria to receive their treatment.
“Encourage your patients to stay in Nigeria to receive treatment.
“It is funny that many of our doctors at the Imperial College Health Centre in London are Nigerians; many of the nurses are Nigerians and even most of our patients are Nigerians,”Hakim stated.