Governor Zulum directs Maiduguri specialist hospital to offer free kidney dialysis

Governor Zulum directs Maiduguri specialist hospital to offer free kidney dialysis

- Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno is ensuring that residents in the state suffering for kidney diseases get succour

- The governor has directed the state’s newly established kidney centre inside the Maiduguri Specialist Hospital to offer free dialysis to patients

- Governor Zulum also gave financial support to all the patients undergoing the procedures

The governor of Borno state, Professor Babagana Zulum, has directed the state’s newly established kidney centre inside the Maiduguri Specialist Hospital to offer free dialysis to patients.

Governor Zulum gave the directive when he visited the centre on Tuesday, December 17, Premium Times report.

He also tasked the state health experts and science educationists to carry out research on why kidney failures have been on the rise in the state in recent times.

Touring the facility, the governor expressed delight over the centre’s commencement of dialysis for patients.

Gov Zulum interacting with one of the patients at the Maiduguri specialist hospital. Photo credit: Borno Govt House

Gov Zulum interacting with one of the patients at the Maiduguri specialist hospital. Photo credit: Borno Govt House
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He then directed the state’s commissioner for health to “put in place measures that will make the dialysis procedure free for patients.”

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According to the governor, the goal is to lessen difficulties low-income earners face paying the N30,000 fee for each dialysis session.

Governor Zulum said the government will finance the research with the expectation that “findings and recommendations will guide in addressing the causes of rising kidney diseases rather than limiting focus on dialysis and other forms of treatment.”

He also gave financial support to all the patients undergoing the procedures.

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Similarly, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Ghana in collaboration with Transplant Links UK has performed kidney transplantation for four patients with kidney failures.

Three males and a female, who were being sustained by dialysis machines are now currently doing well. For all the four patients, family members offered to make the kidney donations.

Prior to the procedure, the donors were tested and ensured fit for the donation. The donor operations were carried out through a keyhole surgery technique, which meant that they did not have to spend long hours in hospital after the operation.

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