Ghana has recorded its first open-heart surgery, outside tits premier public hospital, the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH).
Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, the renowned Cardiothoracic Surgeon, over the weekend, led a medical team of 10, to replace the damaged mitral valve of a 61-year man with an artificial one at the Providence Specialist Hospital, in Accra.
The move will lead the way for more patients with such heart-related conditions to easily access medical treatment locally at a cost lower than elsewhere.
Prof Frimpong-Boateng, who is also the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, said about 12,000 heart-related surgeries are expected to be performed annually in Ghana but only about 200 are done.
“For every population of two million, there should be a heart centre so Ghana ideally needs to have about 15 heart centres. Ghana, “the man who founded the National Cardiothoracic Centre at the KBTH explained.
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