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Dogara Sponsors Patients’ Heart Surgery, Anus Replacement Abroad

As part of his efforts in rendering humanitarian services to the people of Bauchi State, Honourable Yakubu Dogara, Speaker of the House of Representatives, is to come to the aid of a girl born without anus, and two other patients with heart and muscular disruptions.

The three patients who would be flown abroad for surgery were diagnosed with the life threatening health problems during the free medical outreach sponsored by Dogara in collaboration with a non-governmental organisation known as Doctors on the Move Africa.

Dr. Joseph Haruna Kigbu, team leader of the NGO disclosed this while briefing newsmen on Tuesday at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH).

He explained that the patients were among the over 18,000 that turned up for the free medical outreach conducted by his team recently.

Dr. Haruna disclosed that his team had performed over 200 minor and major operations in Bauchi State since the two weeks medical outreach began.

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He stated that they cannot handle the cases of the girl born without anus and those of two others.

“Besides minor and major surgery, we have also performed 300 cataract operations and our target is 400. The gesture is well received by the people of Bauchi and neighbouring states of Adamawa, Borno, Kano, Plateau and Taraba.

“We have seen patients that were born with heart problems, and they will need open heart surgery. Some of these patients need to go out of this country.

“There is the pathetic story of a young girl who does not have an anus. She needs to be prepared before an anus can be created for her.

“A few of these cases cannot be handled by the team at the Teaching Hospital here and we have since referred them to the National Hospital, Abuja and other hospitals in this country,” the doctor explained.

Furthermore, he said: “We have made a memo to the office of the Speaker in his magnanimous nature to give assistance to these poor Nigerians who cannot afford the expensive treatment and are not captured in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

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“These patients’ surgery and treatment require a lot of money. For instance, in the case of the patient born with the heart problem, we are talking about a minimum of N5 million while the one with muscular disruption whose body needs continuous visit to the hospital for treatment will take up to N10 million.”

Meanwhile, Mr. Illiya Habilla, the Senior Special Assistant to the Speaker on Media and Publicity, commended the team of doctors for operating patients with cataracts, hernia, fibroids, glitter and other diseases since the commencement of the outreach in Bauchi.

Habilla also commended the doctors for screening and treating patients suffering from ailments such as lipomas, hernia, fibroids, goitre as well as ultra sound scanning, HIV/AIDs and hepatitis screening, and for public health enlightenment.

He said through the outreach over 100 eye glasses had been given out free while some are waiting for cataract surgeries.