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Habeeblah Olamilekan
Kwara state polytechnic,ilorin
Graduate, Nigeria.
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The Jos University Teaching Hospital
(JUTH), at the weekend undertook its first
surgery to remove brain tumor using a
machine that drills the skull bone to gain
access to the tumor.

“It is the first Trans-labyrinthine approach to a
posterior fossa tumor. We used the C-Arm
machine to drill the skull bone so as to see
what is behind even while facing the front of
the head.

“In the past, we had to open the brain which
was always risky and led to deaths because
the brain is delicate,’’ Dr Origoya Peter Binitie,
the lead neurosurgeon in the operation, told
the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Jos.

He said that the tumor had been in the woman
for three years before the surgery.

“Half of her face was affected and she could
not hear with the ear affected,’’ he explained,
adding that the operation was a combined
effort by neurosurgeons, Ear-Nose-Throats
(ENT), surgeons and the Anaesthetists.
Binitie, who described tumor as an abnormal
growth of tissue largely outside the brain
stem, said that the new approach helps the
surgeons to navigate around the head to see
all sides at the same time.

“In the past, we used X-rays to ascertain the
position of every part of the head; that
involved moving the X-ray machine up and
down to, and from, the theatre.

“That process usually takes a longer time and
will not give us the position of a bone or the
tissue in real time. But with the new machine,
it is very quick and saves more than two
“With the new device, we can easily get the
picture in motion. While the X-ray is static and
one must wait for results, the new device is a
kind of video where one can see the picture in
motion, instead of static motion.

“The new device is also more accurate, can
tell you exactly where you are and saves cost
because you spend less time on anaesthesia
which minimise the money you pay for that
particular service.

“We can also ease our job by taking the
picture up, down, front, back or sideways,’’ he

Binitie, first neurosurgeon in northern Nigeria,
who had been in service since 1974, said that
the cost of such operation was “around
N300,000 in JUTH’’.

“But it costs several millions of naira in other
hospitals and even more when done outside
Nigeria,’’ he said.

The expert said that there were a total of 90
neurosurgeons in the country, adding that
more were being trained to meet rising

“JUTH is one of the few centres training
neurosurgeons in Nigeria. Six are currently
being trained and are at various stages of the
programme,’’ he said.

Binitie commended the management of JUTH
for its efforts to improve services through
acquiring modern equipment like C-Arm that
would ease surgery and enable the hospital
break new grounds.

Speaking on the C-Arm device, Prof. Edmund
Banwat, Chief Medical Director of JUTH, said
that it cost N32 million, adding that more
equipment were being acquired to improve
service delivery and break new grounds.
Banwat said that a German NGO,
Christofell.Blindmission (CBM), recently
donated an operating microscope to be used
by the ophthalmology (eye) department.

He said that the hospital was undertaking a
free eye surgery for children which would end
in September, adding that children requiring
glasses would equally receive them.

“Parents should take advantage of this
opportunity to correct any defect in the eyes
of their children,’’ he told NAN.

Banwat, however, decried the poor funding of
teaching hospitals, saying that much funds
were required to purchase equipment, meet
infrastructure needs, as well as for training
and research.

“We have several needs and want to improve
services and break new grounds, but we
cannot meet these needs with the budget we
currently run.

“What we have is mostly an envelope system;
what comes out of the appropriation is not
encouraging at all.

“With more funds, we can operate optimally
and provide quality service. The medical
sector keeps moving and changing, with new
grounds broken every day. We cannot afford to
be left behind,’’ he said.

source:- www.vanguardngr.com/2019/05/tumor-juth-undertakes-first-brain-surgery-using-drilling-machine/

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