Sokoto — With efforts on to commence super specialist medical and surgical services such as open heart surgery, kidney transplant, total hip/knee replacement, In vitro fertilization among others at Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital,(UDUTH) Sokoto, many are already looking forward to them even as they harped on the need for the hospital to ensure availability of the requisite materials and human resources.
These are services which people mostly travel out to get. Already cancer treatment has started at the hospital.
Chief Medical Director UDUTH Dr.Yakubu Ahmed told journalists recently that the hospital was determined to provide such services so that people do not have to go out in search of them.
On cancer treatment, the CMD stated, "The machine is complete and it is the best in Nigeria in terms of getting all the components that the machine needs to work. We are the only institution that has this license, others are processing their own".
He added that the presence of the machine and the people that are working has given them the opportunity to win an international training.
"The training is on-going to produce fellows in Medical Physics, they are needed so that you can give treatment to cancer patient, it is a new training all over Africa and we were able to win this training".
He however stressed that the machine and the treatment are very costly.
"You find out that only five percent of Nigerians can go outside to get the treatment, we are grateful to the Federal Government for providing this machine. The rich men of Sokoto and around should be able to sponsor patients for treatment. The treatment cannot be given free, if we continue to give it free, we won't be able to maintain the machines," he said.
He revealed that people from eastern and western parts of the country are coming to UDUTH to get this treatment.
For open heart surgery, the CMD said they have trained the team to begin some minor cases saying, 'they have done three surgeries which previously people had to go to Sudan to do".