Calabar Varsity Performs First Open-Heart Surgery
The University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) has performer its first open-heart surgery operations with a 70 per cent discount on the cost.
The operation, according to its Chief Medical Director (CMD), Prof. Ikpeme A. Ikpeme, is a partnership with the VOOM Foundation from the United States of America (U.S.A).
“At this early stage, we are offering these surgeries at 30 per cent of their actual cost,” Ikpeme said.
The CMD expressed gratitude to the Federal Government, among other stakeholders, that contributed to the feat.
He said: “We owe a debt of gratitude to the Honourable Minister of Health and the Federal Ministry of Health.”
A statement on Wednesday by the CMD, which announced the successful surgery, reads: “Today, Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at 6.43 p.m, history was made in our UCTH, when the first-ever open-heart surgery was performed in our hospital and the patient safely wheeled out to our Intensive Care Unit.
“She had received a Mitral valve replacement, following about six and a half hours of surgery.”
He added: “This has been the culmination of two years of hard work, determination, sacrifice, vision and focus at different levels of our hospital. And we must offer sincere gratitude to God and all who worked to make this happen.
It is the guiding principle of this management to work quietly to achieve the Vision and Mission of our hospital and reposition her appropriately in the comity of Tertiary Health Institutions in Nigeria.
“The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Open-Heart Surgery Missions was signed with the VOOM Foundation sometime in 2015/2016.
Things went quiet until the MoU was reviewed with the Foundation in July/August 2019 and UCTH made a commitment to actualize the programme and domesticate open-heart surgery in our hospital.
“We have had to construct a new Theatre Suite, using in-house Engineering and Technical teams; we had to create a multidisciplinary Heart Surgery team; we had to clear two 40-feet containers from Onne Port, Port Harcourt, and invest in equipment worth millions of Naira (heart-lung machine, heater-cooler inter-exchanger system, cell savers, high end anesthetic machine, high-end monitors, defibrillator with internal pads, ventilators, digital mobile x-ray system, among others).
“As far as I know, we are the first tertiary health institution in the South south Nigeria to accomplish this and join a group of very few elite centers nationwide” he said.
Google Equiano subsea cable to begin operations in Nigeria by December
Google has announced that its 12,000km Equiano subsea Internet cable, which arrived in Nigeria in April, will be operational by December.
Equiano is now running through Togo, Nigeria, Namibia, and South Africa, according to Google, and is expected to provide faster, lower-cost Internet to the continent by connecting St. Helena, Togo, Nigeria, Namibia, and South Africa with Europe.
The American company announced this yesterday at the second Google for Africa event, where it stated that more than 20% of the $1 billion announced last year to be spent on the region over the next five years has been adequately deployed.
According to a recent economic impact assessment conducted by Africa Practice and Genesis Analytics, the cable would accelerate economic growth in Nigeria by $10.1 billion, South Africa by $7 billion, and Namibia by $260 million by 2025.
At the same time, Equiano is expected to indirectly create 1.6 million jobs in Nigeria, 180,000 in South Africa, and 21,000 in Namibia as the digital economy and peripheral sectors expand.
Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, announced the company’s intention to establish a new Google Cloud region in South Africa, its first on the continent, during the virtual event.
Pichai explained that the new Cloud Region would assist users, developers, businesses, and educational institutions across Africa in moving more information and tools online, improving customer access options, and creating jobs.
Nitin Gajria, Managing Director of Google Africa, stated that the company is collaborating with governments, policymakers, NGOs, telcos, business leaders, creators, and media to help accelerate Africa’s digital transformation.
“We believe in growing an open and healthy ecosystem of technology solutions to support Africa’s digital transformation goals, which leads to more opportunities for businesses,” said Niral Patel, Director of Google Cloud Africa. Respect for the environment is part of our corporate ethos, which is why we operate the cleanest cloud in the industry, enabling sustainable digital transformation.
“Along with the cloud region, we are expanding our network through the Equiano subsea cable and building Dedicated Cloud Interconnect sites in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Lagos and Nairobi. In doing so, we are building full scale Cloud capability for Africa.”
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China debuts first flying car in Dubai.
The first public flight of a “flying car” built by Chinese electronic vehicle maker Xpeng Inc took place in the United Arab Emirates, as the company works to launch the electric aircraft on international markets.
The X2 is a two-seater electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft powered by eight propellers, two in each corner.
The manufacturer described Monday’s unmanned, 90-minute test flight in Dubai as a “important base for the next generation of flying cars.”
We are gradually transitioning to the international market “said Xpeng Aeroht’s general manager, Minguan Qiu.
We chose Dubai because it is the most innovative city in the world “Aeroht was added.
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17-year-old Kano boy builds Robot with exoskeleton remote control system.
Isah Auwal-Barde, a 17-year-old boy from Kano State, has created a robot that works with a robotic exoskeleton remote control.
An exoskeleton remote control is a system in which the robot is controlled by the person operating it through the demonstration of the person’s body parts.
Auwal-Barde on Saturday said he grew up with a passion for creativity.
He finished his secondary education at Government Secondary School (GSS), Sabuwar-Kofa, Kano, in 2021 and obtained seven credits in science subjects in the West African Examination Council (WAEC).
“It took me two years to invent the robot using local materials like DC motors, copper wires, pipes, corrugated cardboard as well as metal, among others, and the robot works with electricity. I want to be a robotics engineer so that I can be producing robots that can be used in addressing security challenges bedevilling the country,” he said.
The teenager showered praises on his father for his support.
“Now, I want to get a scholarship to further my education abroad to fulfil my dream of becoming a robotics engineer,” he said.
The teenager further stated that his prowess in robotics caught the attention of the National Center for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (NCAIR) who sent delegates to
According to him, the delegation pledged to ensure that he is admitted to an indigenous university to study computer engineering.
“I have been giving him words of encouragement and telling him that he will become a robotics engineer in future,” said his father. “And whenever our electricity or electronics had faults, he was the one to repair them.”
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