If Tinubu Wins There will be Great Hopes For Heart Surgery Patients – Dr. Ariyo Idowu, Perfusionist
Perfusion is a rare and delicate Cardiovascular profession that has to do with handling and operating equipment that assists surgeons during an open-heart surgery or any other medical procedure in which it is necessary to artificially support or temporarily replace a patient’s circulatory or respiratory function.
It is a system where the experts use the equipment to temporarily put the heart to sleep (hibernate) and revives it after the surgery to safe the patient the frightening experience of pain during opening up of the heart or the lungs. It is a medical process to safe life which were in the past only available in the advance country.
However, it is interesting to learn that, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), trained the first expert and pioneered the career of open heart surgery in the country when he was the governor of Lagos State.
Although, Idowu admitted that the heart operations used to take place in Enugu and Ibadan in the 1970s, the exercise stopped more than 20 years before Tinubu revived it in Lagos, expressing the conviction that, if he wins on February 25, Nigerians should expect revival of the medical exercise in a very larger scale across the country.
Dr. Ariyo Idowu, made the disclosure Tuesday during a scheduled Zoom meeting organized by the members of the APC Presidential Campaign Committee Media Directorate, Lagos, headed by the former Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Hon. Kehinde Bamigbetan.
Idowu discussed Asiwaju Tinubu’s intervention in the health sector when he was the state governor when young health professionals, including himself, were trained. The scheduled zoom meetings were some of the avenues created by the Kehide Bamigbetan led media Directorate to unveil Tinubu to the public to realise reasons he (Tinubu) should be voted for as the next president on the Saturday 25 election.
According to the Perfusionist, Tinubu, as a visionary administrator who searches for young talented materials to build for nation building spotted the potential in Ariyo Idowu when he was just 26 years old and sent him abroad to train as an expert in perfusion. After the training, Tinubu as governor then now established a medical centre where free heart surgeries were carried out.
While fielding questions from his zoom guests, Dr. Idowu confirmed that, at least 20 of such surgical operations were carried out during Tinubu’s tenure as the executive governor of Lagos State adding that minimum cost of an operation then was N5 million meaning Tinubu expended a whooping sum of N100million on the 20 patients.
Speaking further, Dr Idowu reasoned that, with Tinubu as the next president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the country would climb up the ladder of global medical rating while the youth would have field day as opportunity for their development and empowerment would be the priority of the new president going by his pedigree and antecedent.
What Tinubu did as just as governor of a state in the health sector just like in any other sectors would be replicated on a larger scale to the best interest of all Nigerians, asserting that, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is the best bet for the country at this point in time for rapid development and positive utilization of the raw energy deposited in the body of the youth by God for nation building.
“Tinubu is a visionary leader who knows the plights of the citizenry and ready to help. He has had the mind set to uplift humanity from the onset. The most important thing in governance is to be prepared to serve humanity selflessly like Tinubu. He is ready for the task ahead. And after reviving the free heart surgery through the Ministry of Health under Dr. Leke Pitan, his commissioner for Health after comatose for 20 years, the programme has continued since then nonstop,” Idowu submitted with great appreciation to his mentor, Tinubu.
“Kindly permit me to thank Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for giving me the rare opportunity to acquire this unique knowledge that has put me where I am today as a globally recognised professional on the medical line. And I am sure the youth stand a similar chance if they vote for him en masse on February 25 to become president. With Tinubu as president, the sky would be too low to be their limit,” Idowu rounded off.