FEMALE CARDIOLOGISTS MAKE HISTORY IN NIGERIA-Performs Record Breaking Surgical Heart Procedure

(Last Updated On: March 21, 2017)


By James Michael Igiri


Cardiovascular training and care recorded a major feat in Nigeria as two consultant cardiologists who have been training as Interventional Cardiologists at Tristate Heart and Vascular Centre, Babcock University Teaching Hospital, made history when they solely performed cardiac cartheterization at the centre on Sunday.

In a release signed by the Chief Operating Officer of Tristate Cardiovascular Associate (TCA), Dr. Olukunle Iyanda, the duo of Dr. Ifeoluwa Adewoye and Dr. Mirable Nwosu, both females, have been training at the centre under the tutelage of the CEO of TCA/Head, Department of Cardiology, Prof. Kamar Adeleke, for a year now having served as assistants in the previous procedures, they were given the opportunity to solely perform the procedure while Prof. Adeleke observed.

In his remark, Prof. Adeleke said what took place at the centre was a dream come true, since one out of his major aims of coming back to Nigeria is not only to provide the advanced cardiovascular services that is so well needed, but to also have a strategic development to train, and develop local capacity, for the treatment of cardiovascular related ailments in the country.

With over 180million people, there are only four indigenous cardiovascular interventionists, all male, in Nigeria and all received training in the USA and Canada. Dr. Ifeoluwa Adewoye and Dr. Mirabel Nwosu, therefore represent the first set of cardiovascular interventionists, trained in Nigeria.

“We are not enough yet to make our programme sustainable and so we have to look inwards. We have to be able to build our own capacity by building our own people. What the two doctors did today is very remarkable because in the US, you must have spent at least three years in the CAT lab before they will let you do this, and they have only been here for one year. I can say categorically that this is the fastest in history as regards the training in interventionist cardiology procedure because I have trained other people before now.

“In the United States, the government pay 100,000.00 dollars per trainee and having understudied the situation in Nigeria, the option is for the trainee to pay for it but we didn’t do that for now rather, Tristate and Babcock University decided to bear the burden of training and paying the trainee with the hope that when we finish training them, they would be part of us.

To achieve this tough; it takes a lot of courage, stamina, determination and the skills to know that you belong here. These ones are the senior for those that will be joining soon. Our plan is to have four trainees every year until we have built enough capacity,” He said.

The two consultants said the experience was good. According to one of them, “to have the procedure up to yourself is a good sign that we are advancing in our career even though by American standards, we are expected to perform 300 or so assisted procedures before we can start to perform this kind of procedure, without being supervised so that you will have gathered enough confidence to handle any challenges you may encounter when you start performing on your own.”

Cardiac Cartherization is a procedure to examine how well the heart is working. To achieve this, a thin, hollow tube called a Catheter is inserted into a large blood vessel that leads to the heart. This is to enable the physician know if patients have disease of the heart muscles, valves, or coronary (heart) arteries.

SOURCE: Vanguard Newspapers