AKTH Get Equipment worth N230m from NNPC
Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital
The Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation (NNPC) has donated tissue typing and cross match laboratory equipment worth N230 million to Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH) Kano.
Group Managing Director of the company Mele Kolo Kyari who was represented by one of the company’s directors Alh Abba Abubakar Nuhu said the project came through a request by the management of AKTH for the procurement of the equipment to enable them to grow and alleviate the suffering of many kidneys and other chronic patients that require transplant.
“The installed equipment or reagents we are commissioning today is the first of its kind in the entire region. Before this, the hospital sends samples of patients and their relatives to the United Kingdom, paying a lot of money to do these tests but this arrangement came to an end when Ebola devastated some West African countries, whence UK government banned the entrance of biological specimen into the bits of its country.
“Specimens now have to be sent to India and Egypt with attendant delays and inconveniences. Commissioning of this project will, therefore, put an end to all the time-consuming process and inconveniences” GMD declared.
In his address, the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Prof Abba Sheshe, commended the management of the NNPC for this kind gesture which he said will help in transforming the health sector of the country and reduce health tourism in Nigeria.
“The renal transplant program has initially started through aid and collaboration. This has since been indigenized. A total of 57 successful transplants of the kidney were done by our team of specialists without any foreign or external assistance.
“This is the highest number of renal transplants in any public health institution in Nigeria. We indeed are proud of these achievements, we are indeed proud of these transplant team” the Director stated.
He also said the AKTH has received referrals on cases related to the kidney from within and outside Nigeria such that it had treated 465,498 in 2019 alone.
He said “A total number of 465,498 patients were treated last year. The majority were referrals from within Kano and neighbouring Jigawa, Bauchi, Katsina, and Kaduna. A few were from foreign countries of the Republic of Niger, China, and India.
In his speech, the Emir of Kano Malam Muhammad Sunusi II, called on wealthy individuals and non-governmental organizations to key into what NNPC has done to free millions of poverty striking family who are suffering from kidney and other chronic diseases.