…As Expert says Cerebral Palsy patients require special attention to cope***
The Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Makurdi, on Wednesday said it had successfully conducted its first total knee replacement surgery at the centre, by its staff.
The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the centre, Dr Peteru Inunduh, told newsmen in Makurdi that the centre planned to end medical tourism by providing various tertiary healthcare services to the people.
“You will recall that just last year, we successfully did a spinal surgery in this hospital.
“It is the same drive that has taken us to start total kneel replacement surgery and we think that there are a lot of patients within this area in need of such service.
“We are doing this because we want to reduce medical tourism and save a lot of funds for the Government of Nigeria,” he said.
The chief medical director attributed the scientific leaps to prudent management of sacred resources within their disposal.
Inunduh further disclosed that plans were underway for a Vitro Fertilization (IVF) project to tackle fertility challenges.
Earlier, the lead orthopedic surgeon, Dr Joseph Okoh, said the patient, who underwent the total knee surgery, started walking 72 hours after the exercise was completed, adding the patient was recovering as expected.
Okoh, who majored in Arthroscopy and Spine Surgery, commended the management of FMC Makurdi for providing “quite a conducive environment for the surgery to take place.”
The physician also lauded d the management for waiving all theatre fees for the patient operated upon and four others waiting to undergo the surgery in the next four weeks.
He said the gesture was to encourage those with similar health challenges to come for treatment.
The surgeon explained that the common causes of arthritis were natural aging in human beings, trauma and improper fixation of fracture among others.
One of the patients, Ms Nse Ikpe, said she started walking after 72 hours after the surgery, adding that the pain had greatly reduced.
Ikpe, who is a Deputy Director, Nursing Services at the centre, said the entire team of surgeons exhibited highest level of professionalism during the surgery.
She, who disclosed that the cost of the surgery was not comparable to the relief she currently enjoyed after the surgery, appealed to the public with similar arthritis condition to visit the centre for treatment.
In the meantime, Dr Ovo Ogbinaka, a medical practitioner, has advised parents to give special attention to children living with cerebral palsy to enble them cope with the condition.
Ogbinaka gave the advice in an interview in Benin when he discussed emerging health issues.
He described the illness as a congenital disorder of movement, muscle tone or posture of the body.
Cerebral palsy is a disorder of movement, muscle tone or posture that is caused by damage that occurs to the immature, developing brain, most often before birth.
According to medical reports the signs and symptoms appear during infancy or preschool years.
It causes impaired movement associated with abnormal reflexes, floppiness or rigidity of the limbs and trunk, abnormal posture, involuntary movements, unsteady walking, or some combination of these.
According to the medical practitioner, children having the illness may have problems swallowing and commonly having eye muscle imbalance, in which the eyes don’t focus on the same object.
“Children with cerebral palsy also may suffer reduced range of motion at various joints of their bodies due to muscle stiffness.
“They always feel rejected and unwanted because of their condition, hence we advise parents to pay special attention to them,” he said.
Ogbinaka identified other symptoms of cerebral palsy as variations in muscle tone, such as being either too stiff or too floppy; stiff muscles and exaggerated reflexes (spasticity), stiff muscles with normal reflexes (rigidity).
Others are lack of muscle coordination (ataxia); tremors or involuntary movements; slow writing movements (athetosis); delays in reaching motor skills milestones, such as pushing up on arms and sitting up alone or crawling.
He said that the illness’ effect on functional abilities varies greatly from one person to another.
“Some affected people can walk while others cannot.
“Some people show normal or near-normal intellectual capacity, others may have intellectual disabilities like epilepsy, blindness or deafness,” he said.