The ‘first ever’ kidney transplant operation in Tanzania performed by a team of Indian doctors. Doctors from New Delhi’s BLK Super Speciality Hospital collaborated with Muhimbili National Hospital of Tanzania’s Dar es Salaam. MNH created a milestone after this surgery. The Tanzanian hospital has done the country’s first ever kidney transplant by adopting the Indian law for conducting the surgery and it was a success. The local law on transplantation is absent in the African country.
Dr. Sunil Prakash, director and head of nephrology and Dr. Rajesh Pande, director Critical Care from the Delhi-based hospital in collaboration with Dr. Jacqueline Shoo and Dr. Kisanga from the Nephrology Department at Muhimbili National Hospital were part of the surgery.
The transplantation was conducted on a 30-year-old Tanzanian woman who was suffering from an end-stage kidney disease. For over a year she was on haemodialysis. To save her life, her brother donated a kidney.
Dr Sunil Prakash, director and head of the Nephrology department at the BLK Super Speciality Hospital, said that both the recipient and the donor were recovering well and soon they should return to normal activities.
The executive director of the BLK Super Speciality Hospital, Naresh Kapoor said,”It is a matter of great honour that the first ever kidney transplant in Tanzania was performed by a team of Indian doctors.”
The Health Minister of Tanzania said that they are looking forward to performing four more kidney transplants in January 2018 and he also said that this transplantation surgery will boost the Indo-Tanzanian relationships in the field of healthcare.