The hospital’s surgical team leader, Dr. C.O Nwokike, during the hospital’s quarterly seminar, presented graphic details of how the surgery which lasted over nine hours in the case of the knee replacement, was carried out.
He told the audience which included the Chief Medical Director, Dr. Sylvanus Akhalufo Okogbenin, and other senior management staff, how they succeeded in the operation despite constraints of lack of modern equipment.
Nwokike explained that when the total hip surgery was carried out, it took almost the same effort to avert errors, saying at the end of it all success was recorded.
Although this is not the first hip and knee replacement surgery in Nigeria, it is impressive because ISTH is located in a rural community, with limited resources.
The hospital has also been very instrumental in the fight against the deadly rodent-transmitted Lassa fever with Irrua Specialist Hospital housing the Institute of Lassa Fever Research and Control (ILFRC) since January 2007.
And this new feat spells better health care for Irrua and its neighbouring communities.