Lagos University Teaching Hospital Hosts International Scientific Conference on Interventional Cardiology

The 4th Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) International Scientific Conference, focusing on interventional cardiology, saw leading experts convene to discuss advancements and challenges in cardiovascular care.
The preconference event was held on Wednesday 29th of May, 2024 featured distinguished speakers, including Prof. Njideka Okubadejo, Prof. Adesoji Ademuyiwa, Prof. Oyinkan Sofola, and was moderated by Prof. Chris Esezobor. The section focused on maintaining ethical standards in healthcare research, underscoring the importance of integrity and ethical practices in advancing medical science.

The second day of the conference, themed "Interventional Cardiology: Advancing the Frontiers in Cardiovascular Care," opened with a keynote address by Dr. Adeyemi Johnson. Dr. Johnson provided a comprehensive overview of interventional cardiology in Nigeria, addressing the economic challenges and the roles that government and policymakers can play in improving cardiovascular care.
Several notable presentations followed, each contributing unique insights into different aspects of cardiovascular care and healthcare delivery.
Ven. Olotu Clement Oladeinde emphasized the significance of Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) in healthcare. He described PPP as a structured collaboration between the public sector and private entities, crucial for financing government projects and services. Oladeinde highlighted how PPPs facilitate the sharing of managerial and technical skills, reduce wastages, accelerate technological development, and provide financial returns, particularly benefiting the government. He cited LUTH Crystal Optics, a PPP initiative under the leadership of former CMD Prof. Chris Bode, as a successful example that enhanced ophthalmology services and yielded significant financial returns.

Dr. Olurotimi Badero discussed the critical role of Nigerian health professionals in the diaspora in advancing cardiovascular care. He identified key factors driving brain drain, including inadequate healthcare resources, poor funding, income disparities, frequent strikes, and security concerns. Badero outlined the challenges to engaging the diaspora, such as financial sustainability, security, and bureaucratic obstacles, and stressed the need for passion and commitment in overcoming these barriers.

Dr. Oyewole Kushimo, a consultant in cardiology, provided a detailed guide on establishing a cardiac catheterization laboratory. His presentation focused on the technical and logistical considerations essential for setting up such a facility, which is pivotal in diagnosing and treating cardiovascular conditions.
The conference successfully brought together experts to share knowledge, address challenges, and explore innovative solutions in interventional cardiology. The discussions underscored the critical role of collaboration, both within the local healthcare sector and with the international diaspora, in advancing cardiovascular care and improving health outcomes in Nigeria.

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