The Kano State Government in collaboration with international Islamic Relief Organisation has conducted free surgery on more than 60 patients suffering from urinary tract problems.
The surgery was conducted on patients with urinary tract problems like cancers, birth defects, urinary Strictures, Benign Prostatic Enlargements, hypospadias and other urogenital abnormalities of male and female patients.
This was contained in a statement by the Chairman, Organizing Committee and Director General, Kano State Agency for the Control of AIDS, Dr. Usman Bashir, and made available to News Agency of Nigeria in Kano on Sunday.
According to Bashir, a team of 10 Urologists from IIRO Saudi Arabia and the state-based Urologists conducted the surgery in four theater suites at Abubakar Imam Urology Centre, Kano.
He said the team conducted the surgery from December 21 to 28, adding that mop up would continue on Monday.
Bashir quoted the state Commissioner of Health, Dr. Kabiru Getso, as saying: “The IIRO has contributed with shared expertise, equipment and consumables worth about N20 million.
“The state government provided them with an accommodation, feeding, transport and other logistics throughout their stay.
The commissioner disclosed that this kind of Urological surgery collaboration was the first of its kind in Nigeria. stressing that a door is now opened for both parties to continue with similar partnerships in the nearest future.
Getso revealed that most of the patients operated were discharged while the rest were still being taken care of at the centre.
Meanwhile, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje had organised a dinner party in honour of the IIRO team at the Government House, Kano on Saturday night.
The governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Dr. Nasiru Gawuna, thanked the team for coming to the state to contribute their quota in supporting health care delivery.
In his remark, the IIRO team leader, Dr. Jamal Al Barry, on behalf of his colleagues expressed satisfaction with the reception accorded to them since their arrival the state.
Also in his remarks, the IIRO Regional Officer, Sheikh Abdallah bn Salem Al-howairini, said they were very happy with the initiative, adding that the relief agency is ready to do more in this regards.
One of the patients who benefitted from the gesture, Alhaji Saidu Ibrahim, with five years urinary problems, and Bilkisu Umar, who suffered kidney stones thanked the state government and IIRO team for treating them free.