Kano State Governor, Yusuf Abba Kabir Launches Free Open Heart Surgery

Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano State has launched a free open heart surgery for patients with cardiac malfunction in Kano.⁣

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the exercise is sponsored by Saudi Arabia Government in partnership with Muslim World League and Aminu Kano Teaching hospital (AKTH).⁣

Flagging off the operation on Friday in Kano, Yusuf renewed the commitment of his administration to collaborate with any Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs), spirited individuals and philanthropists willing to assist in providing specialised training to the health personnel and medical care to the patients in need of such services.⁣

Yusuf expressed happiness as the initiative would augment the efforts of the state government in giving the health sector the desired attention.⁣

“We are very much delighted to have you in Kano for this gigantic assistance. Kano state is the most populous state in Nigeria with over 21 million people.⁣

“We have the most vulnerable people, downtrodden masses that do not have any means of taking care of their health needs.⁣

“We will stick to our campaign promises of building general hospitals across the 44 local governments and primary healthcare centres across the state and re-introduce mobile clinics to cater for the people in rural areas who are in need of medical attention free of charge,” he said.⁣

The Head of the medical team from Saudi Arabia, Dr Uthman Al-uthman Sa’ad, said the group comprised 20 cardiac surgeons who will perform the surgery and pledged to do their best to achieve the set goals.⁣

Earlier, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Prof. Abdulrahman Sheshe, described the intervention as timely, saying as there is an increase of heart disease-related cases especially in Northern Nigeria due to the prevalence of hypertension cases.⁣

Sheshe expressed optimism that Yusuf’s government would formulate policies to re-invigorate the health sector and reduce medical tourism in the search for specialised treatment.⁣