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Deputy Speaker of House Bemoans Rising Cases of Organ Failure in Nigeria

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Deputy Speaker of House Bemoans Rising Cases of Organ Failure in Nigeria
Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Benjamin Okezie Kalu, expressed deep concern over the increasing cases of organ failure in Nigeria. He emphasized the need for collaboration between the parliament and relevant authorities to address this pressing medical and societal challenge. Kalu also highlighted the significant financial impact of medical treatment abroad and called for the promotion of professional organ transplant within the country's health sector.

ABUJA - The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Benjamin Okezie Kalu, has lamented the rising cases of organ failure in Nigeria, stating that it has become not only a medical concern but also a challenge to the society as a whole.

Kalu assured that the parliament will collaborate with the Transplant Association of Nigeria (TAN) and other relevant authorities to address these pressing concerns. He expressed deep concern over the significant national resources Nigeria loses annually to medical treatment for its citizens abroad, estimated at a staggering $2.5 trillion dollars.

In his appeal to newly trained and qualified medical doctors in the country, Kalu emphasized the need to promote professional organ transplant to bridge the existing gap within Nigeria's health sector. He highlighted the embarrassing situation the country finds itself in regards to organ transplant, with a substantial portion of the nation's resources being expended in medical tourism to countries such as the United States, India, the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates.

"It is an embarrassing situation the nation finds itself in regarding organ transplant. $2.5 trillion dollars is expended on medical tourism by Nigeria annually," said Kalu.

The Deputy Speaker expressed his satisfaction with the increasing number of doctors exporting their services to other countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, and even smaller nations like the United Arab Emirates. However, he stressed the importance of retaining such high-level expertise for the benefit of Nigerian citizens.

Kalu also acknowledged the achievements of the Nephrology Association of Nigeria in successfully conducting over 700 kidney transplants in the country. He promised that the House leadership would establish the necessary legal framework and provide support to the professional body for the smooth practice of organ transplant in Nigeria.

This collaboration between the parliament and the Transplant Association of Nigeria holds great promise in addressing the rising cases of organ failure in the country. By promoting professional organ transplant within the Nigerian health sector, the nation can significantly reduce the financial burden of medical tourism while offering enhanced healthcare services to its citizens.

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