- The Usman Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto has began conducting open heart surgery
-The acting CMD of the hospital said heart disease was a common problem all over the world
- Nasir Muhammed also called for government assistance in this area of medicine
The Usman Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto has began conducting open heart surgery for its patients who need it.
The acting chief medical director of the hospital, Dr. Nasir Muhammed, while speaking to journalists in Sokoto said heart disease was a common problem all over the world.
Muhammed also warned that anything that affect the heart could lead to untimely death.
He said over 5,000 people require heart surgery in Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara state alone
Stating that the open heart surgery was capital intensive, Muhammed said the hospital would charge at least two million Naira depending on the severity of the problem.
He further called on the governments, corporate organizations and wealthy individual to support the programme for its sustainability.
Muhammed said: “And these people are mostly poor who could not afford such treatment. Before now, the only closest hospital where such operation is available is Nizamiyya hospital in Abuja and the least they can charge is five million Naira or one has to travel oversea where he can pay double."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a team of medical doctors have carried out heart surgeries on five patients at the St Joseph hospital in Adazi Nnukwu, Aniocha local government area of Anambra state.
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The team of US-based doctors were led by an indigene of the state, Dr Joe Nwiloh in partnership with the state government and the Catholic diocese of Awka.
The five patients operated on were four adults and a child, all with various degrees of heart complications.
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