The Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation (NNPC) donated tissue typing and cross match laboratory equipment worth over N200 million to the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH) Kano.
“The installed equipment or reagents we are commissioning today is the first of its kind in the entire region, said Alh Abba Abubakar Nuhu, a director at the corporation representing Group Managing Director of the company Mele Kolo Kyari
” Before this, the hospital sends samples of patients and their relatives to the United Kingdom, paying a lot of money to do these tests but this arrangement came to an end when Ebola devastated some West African countries, whence UK government banned the entrance of biological specimen into the bits of its country.
“Specimens now have to be sent to India and Egypt with attendant delays and inconveniences. Commissioning of this project will, therefore, put an end to all the time-consuming process and inconveniences” GMD declared.
Following the review and recomendation of the request by our professionals as well as issuance of certificate of No objection by BPP, the request was approved as part of NNPC’s Corporate Social Responsibility.”
In his address, the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Prof Abba Sheshe, commended the management of the NNPC for this kind gesture which he said will help in transforming the health sector of the country and reduce health tourism in Nigeria.
“The renal transplant program has initially started through aid and collaboration. This has since been indigenized. A total of 57 successful transplants of the kidney were done by our team of specialists without any foreign or external assistance.
“This is the highest number of renal transplants in any public health institution in Nigeria. We indeed are proud of these achievements, we are indeed proud of these transplant team” the Director stated.
He also said the AKTH has received referrals on cases related to the kidney from within and outside Nigeria such that it had treated 465,498 in 2019 alone.
he Emir of Kano,Malam Muhammad Sanusi 11, called on wealthy individuals and nongovernmental organizations to key in what NNPC has done to free millions of poverty streaking family, who are suffering from kidney and other chronic diseases.