Indigenous doctors perform Kano’s first brain surgery

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…As Umahi says IPOB threatens to kidnap five South-East governors***

Five Kano-based medical doctors at the weekend set a milestone record for successfully carrying out a 48 hours brain surgery, first of it kind in Kano State.

The operation, which was conducted at the new Muhammadu Buhari Specialist Hospital, Giginyu, Kano, repaired the brain of one Ali Iliyasu, after 26 years of brain disorder, which was suffered after a fatal accident.

A neuro-surgeon consultant, Dr. Shu’aibu Sule Dambatta, who led the team of surgeons that operated on the patients, said the successful brain-open surgery was effected after 11 months of fruitless appointment with different facilities.

Dambatta who spoke when Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje visited the hospital on a visit, said the team, which included Dr. Atiku, Dr. Musa, Dr. Hassan and Dr. Musbahu, all from Kano, committed to make history in the medical field in the state.

According to him, “we were contacted within the shortest period of time and we accepted to conduct the surgery. As you can see the patient is now talking to you less than 24 hours after the surgery. When you see a patient like this after surgery you don’t need to be told it was a successful exercise. He goes to the rest room on his feet, just within 24 hours after the surgery. We all thank Allah for this all-important breakthrough in this Specialist Hospital,” he said.

Dambatta added that the surgery was conducted free of charge but the family of the patient are only left with the purchase of the prescribed drugs.

Governor Ganduje applauded the professional touch of the medical team saying the job was not unconnected with the specialized medical management team initiated by the state government.

Ganduje said the management of the hospital under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) has facilitated efficient service delivery and functional management of the state-of-the-art equipment in the hospital.

The patient, Iliyasu, who was full of praises and thanks to God, recalled: “I had been suffering from this problem for the past 26 years when I had an accident. Since then, my brain has not been the same again. My family and I suffered a lot by going from one place to another in search of medical attention and intervention, all to no avail. The last place we went gave me an appointment of 11 months after which a surgery would be conducted on me.”

Iliyasu said before the surgery was conducted, he used to find it very difficult to sleep. He said immediately after the operation he regained his consciousness and comfort.

In the meantime, the governor of Ebonyi state, Engr. David Umahi, has raised alarm that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) threatened to kidnap five governors from Nigeria’s southeast region.

He raised the alarm on Sunday at Nwaegu Military Cantonment in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state during the official flag-off of Operation Egwu Eke III by the Nigerian Army 82 Division.

He said that the fresh threat from IPOB was received via text message sent to his wife.

He also said that his state was not part of the region which formed the sovereign States of Biafra as proclaimed by the IPOB.

Umahi, who is currently the chairman of South East Governors’ Forum, also insisted that some of the agitations of IPOB members were genuine except that their approach towards actualizing their objectives was bad.

“The GOC you are coming at a time we had note from our brothers and sisters of IPOB sending text messages that there will be no elections and insulting the leaders, particularly the south east governors.

“Just few days back, they sent text message to my wife that the 5 governors of south east would be kidnapped and that their security would over power that of the governors and after ransom are paid, they would kill them and kill themselves.

“As a leader in the zone I must say that some of their complaints are genuine but the approach is very bad, that is why the leaders of south east is not in support of their approach.

“And so, we are not against them but their approach. And as the Chief Security Officer of the state, I do not welcome them. Ebonyi state is not part of Biafra, we are a sovereign state. We don’t want to be colonised again; we are a state demanding better treatment in the affairs of our nation,” he said.

Umahi also insisted that he would report some cult groups to Operation Egwu Eke III, owing to the fact that they breached their earlier agreement reached following the recent clashes recorded in the state.

Guardian NG with additional report from The Citizen