21 January 2013

Nigeria: Danfodio Teaching Hospital Begins Cancer Treatment

Sokoto — The Usman Danfodio University Teaching Hospital (UDUTH) Sokoto State has commenced the treatment for patients suffering from cancer in the country.

The Chief Medical Director (CMD), Dr. Yakub Ahmed, who made this known yesterday, during a chat with journalists in Sokoto, said the hospital commenced the treatment of cancer patients recently, sequel to the licence it obtained to operate the equipment for radiotheraphy.

"As you are aware, UDUTH was granted licence four months ago to operate the equipment. In fact, we are the only hospital in the country that currently has the licence while other hospitals are currently working to obtain it," he said.

He stated that some of the machines include: Precise Linear Accelerator, Signa Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Brightspeed Spiral Computerised Tomography Scanner, among others.

Ahmed averred that the facilities for radiotheraphy at UDUTH were the first of its kind in the country, adding that patients come all the way from Lagos and southern parts of the country for cancer treatment.

He, however, stressed that the treatment for cancer patients at UDUTH was not free due to the fact that it requires regular maintenance.

Ahmed disclosed that only five percent of Nigerians, especially the elite could afford cancer treatment abroad.

The UDUTH boss pointed out that with the facilities put in place at the hospital, patients need not travel abroad for cancer treatment, as they could be effectively managed in the hospital.

He said to this end, UDUTH had already sponsored some of its doctors for training on Radiology in South Africa and India.

The CMD stated that with the ongoing training of its personnel in that field, the hospital expects to attain expertise in the treatment of cancer in the next three years.

Ahmed revealed that the hospital also commenced open heart surgery, stressing that three people had been operated recently.

"In the past, people use to travel to Sudan for heart surgery but now we have operated three people in the state," he said.

He announced that UDUTH would commence kidney transplant before the end of the year, adding that some of its staff have travelled to India for training in that regard.

Ahmed, therefore, called on well to do individuals to contribute in any way they could by building structures in the hospital.

He lauded Senator Dahiru Tambuwal, for donating N1 million periodically to the hospital.

He also commended the Sokoto state government for building a Medical library in the hospital and called on other state governments in the North West zone to emulate such gesture.

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