Nigerian-Turkish Hospital To Handle Open Heart Surgery


The Nigerian-Turkish Nizamiye Hospital, has become one of few highly equipped medical facility in Nigeria to commence services for heart valve replacement and coronary artery bypass grafting — otherwise known as open heart surgery, in Abuja.

A statement released by the hospital management in Abuja, said that the hospital has come to ease the seeming prevalent heart problems in the country’s capital territory.

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“The Nigerian Turkish Nizamiye Hospital decided to commence this service after a careful analysis of the spate of heart diseases prevalent in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja.”

The statement added that “the focus would be coronary artery bypass grafting as well as heart valve replacement”.

“All the required equipment has been put in place and a team of experts from Turkey with a track record of excellence are ready to render medical services.” 

Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, who is the Public Relation Officer released a statement which says the hospital in its tradition of delivering quality services, spared no expense in the composition of the team.

The five-man team is led by Dr. Mustafa Kirman, a reputable cardiovascular surgeon from Turkey who is credited to have performed over 15, 000 heart surgeries with 99 per cent success rate.

In a chat with the Deputy Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Atilla Emiroglu, he said that the open heart surgery procedure being introduced was arguably the first of its kind in Abuja going by the quality of the surgeons and the medical facilities on ground.

However, the Nigerian-Turkish Nizamiye Hospital wouldn’t be the first hospital in Nigeria to set up heart surgery as it was recalled that a Lagoon Hospital, in the Apapa area of Lagos state performed an open-heart surgery on a 59-year old man, making it the first private hospital in the country to achieve such feat.

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The surgery was successfully carried out by a team of home-based Ni­gerian health practitioners, led by Dr. Bode Falase, visiting consultant cardiothoracic surgeon at Lagoon Hospital and Dr. Onyekwelu Nzewi, a consultant cardiac surgeon at Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, United Kingdom (UK).

They stated that the surgery and the care received by the patient were replica of what is obtained in any top health care system abroad.