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Nigerian-Born Surgeon, Obinna Igwilo, Performs Landmark Robotic Surgery In US

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At the Fayetteville Veteran Affairs Medical Centre (VAMC) in North Carolina, a new ground was broken in the field of medicine and surgery.

The hospital, working in collaboration with the Department of Defense (DOD), recently recorded its first robotic surgery using the Da Vinci surgical system technology.

Da Vinci surgical technology is a state-of-the-art technology designed to enable surgeons perform complex surgeries through minor incisions using minimally invasive technique with the surgeon at the console operating with system-assisted clear vision and precision. With Da Vinci technology, the surgeon’s hand motion maintains accurate movements in four robotic arms operating inside the body of the patient.

The surgeon at the console, steering this pioneer joint project is Nigerian-born prodigy and celebrated surgeon, Dr Obinna Chukwudi Igwilo, who worked with a team of clinicians and other employees of the Fayetteville Coastal Healthcare system.

At the core of the surgical breakthrough is the desire of the Fayetteville VAMC and DoD to overcome some of the endemic problems facing the healthcare systems in the US: high cost of care.

Da Vinci technology was approved by the FDA in 2000 as the first surgery system technology for general laparoscopic surgery in US hospitals, according to RoboticOncology.com, and since then, the use of this cutting-edge technology by surgeons has been on the rise due to its stated effect on cost reduction. Because the technology is precise and minimally invasive, post-surgical bleeding is minimized while hospital stay is drastically shortened, leading to reduction in hospital cost.

Other benefits specific to VAMC and DoD, according to VAMC Chief of Staff, Dr Jeffrey Morgan, include a productive “partnership and collaboration resulting to beneficial resource sharing, commitment to good stewardship of taxpayer resources and best patient care possible.”

According to a release by the medical centre, Dr Igwilo said that the veterans who received the surgeries were happy and appreciative of the benefits.

Within Fayetteville VAMC, Dr Igwilo’s robotic surgery remains a historic event being the very first to be performed in the 80-year-old hospital.

Yet Fayetteville VA isn’t the robotic surgical root for Dr Igwilo who holds the fellowships of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons (FRCS) Glasgow and Edinburgh, and American College of Surgeons (FACS).

A member of SAGES Society of American Gastro-intestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, with special surgical interests in Robotic/laparoscopic/minimally invasive surgery; Endocrine and Colorectal surgery, Igwilo has been performing robotic surgeries since 2014.

A consultant General Surgeon at VAMC and WAMC, he has been cited by his employers for his “active engagement with the training of medical students and surgical residents while also serving as clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery with Campbell University School of Osteopathic medicine.”

Born in Nigeria, Igwilo attended Ngwa High School, Aba in Abia State, where he was nicknamed ‘Archimedes” – after the Greek Mathematician and Physicist – because of the ease with which he handled Math, the very elusive subject loathed by many of his peers. He graduated from Ngwa High School in 1980 with a distinction. The same year, he was admitted to the University of Nigeria College of Medicine and Surgery, graduating in 1986 with MB.BCh.

Following his Internship at University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu, Nigeria, and Clinical externship at Whipps Cross University Hospital in London, UK, among numerous clinical exposures in Europe and America, the budding MD emerged onto the US medical ecosystem, making sure to take a front seat in the ever-changing and technologically driven world of medicine and surgery.

Among Nigerians in the Diaspora and the homeland, Dr Igwilo’s exploits in medical practice abroad have brought pride and inspiration to many both young and old. His high school class of 1980 and current students at his alma mater, Ngwa High School Aba, and staff, are said to be in festive moods following Igwilo’s recent accomplishment.

This ground-breaking surgery in NC by a Nigerian-born surgeon bears clear testimony to the leading roles being played by Nigerian doctors in the US and around the world in promoting health and advancing the cause of humanity.

(Sun)

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  1. Kelvin Agbogidi

    December 2, 2019 at 9:13 am

    A gain to the US and a loss to Nigeria due to the massive brain drain here. Nevertheless its a good fit from a Nigerian

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We Have Issued Identity Numbers To 41 Million Nigerians — NIMC

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The National Identity Management Commission says it has enrolled and issued 41 million Nigerians with National Identity Number as of today.

The Director-General of the NIMC, Aliyu Aziz, in an interview with journalists, said enrolment was ongoing for Nigerians in the Diaspora in 15 other countries.

Aziz said the NIN has been approved by the Federal Government as the only valid means of identification for government services by law and is a requirement for the application for a new and renewal of an expired Nigerian passport, among others.

Speaking on the challenges retarding the rate of enrolment, he said inadequate electricity, Information Technology infrastructure, inadequate enrolment centres and devices and insufficient sensitisation and awareness of the public, among others, still persisted.

According to him, the challenges are being addressed in collaboration with all the relevant stakeholders, government and with the help of the media.

“As of today, we have reached record 41 million by sheer determination and hard work. I owe all of this to the great staff of the NIMC who pushed themselves beyond their limits to see this happen,” he said.

“Diaspora enrolment was greatly received by the Nigerians in other countries and it has been going well since the launch. Enrolment is happening in over 15 countries across the world, with more countries to come on board in the near future.”

He said the plans to implement the strategic road map for accelerating digital identity in the country in June 2020 had been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to him, the project will either begin in September or December this year.

Aziz said the $433m it secured from the World Bank, Agence Francaise de Development and the European Union would be used for the expansion of enrolment centres to 4,000.

“The funding covers digital ID enrolment, issuance and usage; strengthening of the enabling law, security, privacy, data protection and cybersecurity mechanisms; as well as strengthening the IT and other backend infrastructure,” the NIMC boss stated.

He added, “There is still a need for funding on the card aspect of the programme as well as on the other regulatory functions of the commission. We are consulting with the Federal Government on these aspects.”

Aziz stressed that the commission was working on strategies to scale up card production and issuance in partnership with the private sector.

However, he said NIN was sufficient to prove or assert the identity of Nigerians anytime, anywhere.

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Ministry Of Communications Twitter Handler Goofs — Tweets On ‘Indaboski’

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The Federal Ministry of Communications & Digital Economy is under fire on Twitter after its handler sent out a tweet on personal issues – Indaboski!

One of the social media handlers of the agency, Bilyaminu Ibrahim Gusau was having a social media altercation with a user on the platform when he tweeted from the agency’s handle thinking it was his handle.

He had responded to a Tweet on London football club, Chelsea and in his forgetfulness, sent out an abusive tweet with the government’s Twitter page.

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Upon realising his mistake, Bilyaminu took down the post, but not after some users on the platform had saved the tweet.

See reactions:

~ Wow! Is that not the office twitter account of the Federal Ministry ofCommunication? Wow!

~ Tweeting this with the official handle of Federal Ministry of Communication. Guy even ended it with Indaboski Bahose. wetin person no go see with this government.

~ This is what they reduced the Federal Ministry ofCommunication and Digital Economy handle to? Whoever wrote this tweet must be an Indaboski die-hard fan. Everything APC touches degenerates.

~ I know the person forgot to switch accounts but I’m worried that this is the type of English the person behind the account of the Federal Ministry ofCommunication types. What does he mean by Lampards Twin?

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3 Brothers Allegedly Kill Their Sibling Over Proceeds They Gathered From Their Mother’s Funeral In Imo

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Men of the Imo State Police Command are currently on the trail of three brothers, Patrick Obieshieke, Chinonso Obieshieke and John Erieka for allegedly killing their blood brother, Remigius Obieshieke, over money realized from the burial of their 75-year-old mother.

A statement released by the state police command spokesperson, Orlando Ikeokwu today May 25, said the incident happened last Friday May 22 at their father’s house in Umuolowoshe in Umuoshochie Autonomous Community in Obowo council area of Imo State.

“On the 22/05/2020 at about 0600 hrs, upon credible information, operatives of the Divisional Police Headquarters, Obowo, moved to Umuolowoshe, Umuoshochie Autonomous community, Obowo and it was discovered that the above named persons killed one Remigius Obieshieke during a disagreement arising from money realised for the burial of their mother late Angelina Obieshieke, 75 years old.

“Meanwhile effort is ongoing to arrest the fleeing suspects, while investigation has commenced in ernest” the statement read.

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