Group decries non-availability of Liver transplant Centres in Nigeria

The Society for Gastroenterology and Hepatology in Nigeria has expressed concern over the non-availability of liver transplantation services in Nigeria.

This was contained in a communique made available to the Newsmen on Sunday at the end of the 14th SOGHIN’s Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference held from July 18 to July 22 in Kano.

SOGHIN’s President and Secretary-General, Professors Jesse Abiodun Otegbayo and Olusegun Alatishe called for urgent intervention of the Federal Government to curb the worrisome trend.

The association also called on the Federal Government to halt the exodus of highly skilled health professionals, including Gastroenterologists and Endoscopy Nurses, as well as trainees in the field of hepatology.

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“The society observed with dismay the dwindling state of priority given to the funding for the diagnosis, treatment, and research on viral hepatitis in the country by respective governments.

“With the theme of the five-day scientific conference: ‘Burden and Challenges of Managing Functional Gastrointestinal Disorder’, it also resolved that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and all public health authorities should continue to monitor the trend of COVID-19 cases in the country.

“It calls on the government to expedite action in the production of COVID-19 vaccines in Nigeria.

“Furthermore, the society expressed worry over the worsening state of insecurity manifested by insurgency, banditry, kidnapping, and other forms of armed attacks in the country,” the communique said. 

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