Surgeons at Parirenyatwa Hospital have conducted a world-record operation after successfully removing from a patient an 11-year-old kidney cyst.
The cyst that weighs 12,3kg is largest to be removed in the world so far with the previous record in Japan where a similar one weighing 11,5kg was removed.
Consultant urologist, Dr Shingirai Meki, who is also a lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe’s College of Health Sciences led the team of local doctors who conducted the surgical procedure.
Speaking to reporters at Parirenyatwa Hospital on Wednesday, the institution’s clinical director, Dr Aspect Maunganidze, said that the country had competent medical professionals that are able to carry out most of the services sourced externally. Maunganidze said:
We encourage the members of the public with various ailments to seek medical attention in our health institutions because we still have the experts who can provide such services.
The procedure which was performed for only $2000 is estimated to have cost about US$11 000 if it had been conducted outside Zimbabwe.
The development comes when several political elites have been criticised for frequenting foreign medical institutions instead of reviving local ones.
Former president Robert Mugabe who died in a hospital in Singapore where he has been receiving medical attention and Vice President Constantino Chiwenga who is currently in China where he is receiving medical attention are some of the political elites who have received much criticism from members of the public.
More: The Herald
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