ONGWEDIVA Medipark continues to make medical history in the country, with its pioneering organ transplanting team.
The hospital recently successfully three kidney transplants, bringing to four the number these operations performed at the hospital.
This places Namibia among only a few African countries that are doing kidney transplants for patients with acute renal failure.
Among the other countries that do this type of surgery are South Africa, Morocco and Tunisia.
Ongwediva Medipark Managing Director, Dr Tshali Iithete, said the recent transplants were done with kidneys obtained from live family donors.
The recipients included a 63-year-old female lecturer, who received a kidney from a 27-year-old relative, a 38-year-old man, who received a kidney from a 35-year-old relative, and a 21-year-old female university student, who received a kidney from a 26-year-old relative.
Two of the patients who received new kidneys had been receiving dialysis in Windhoek, while a third was receiving the treatment in Ongwediva.
A number of patients are currently being prepared for the same transplant procedure at Medipark, and the operating team has been gaining confidence.
The Ongwediva Medipark transplant team is a multi-disciplinary unit, comprised of a coordinator Laina Ndoroma and a team of doctors from various disciplines and allied health services.
The surgeries were conducted by Dr Shabaan Kaikai and Dr Brown Ndofor (Ongwediva Medipark) under the supervision of Namibian professor, Fillemon Amaambo, and South African-based professors Russell Britz and Jerome Loveland.
“It is Medipark’s intention to create a strong, sustainable transplant program, which compliments government’s efforts in health delivery,” Dr Iithete said.
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