From Mustapha Adamu, Kano
The Kano State Government has said that it has sponsored the surgery of seven hermaphrodite patients at Tetfund Centre of Excellence in Urology and Nephrology, Usman Danfodio University Sokoto.
The state governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje disclosed this while receiving six patients recently sponsored for the surgery during the state’s executive council meeting on Wednesday in Kano.
“Kano state government was worried when we got information that there was one person with that intersex problem. We also learned that the person needed assistance for surgical operation. We quickly intervened and took the patient to Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto,” he hinted.
“We then ordered for search for other similar cases in the state. We got other 6 cases, whom we also sent to UDUS, Centre of Excellence. Alhamdulillah all of them were successfully operated.
“All the seven patients were operated free of charge. The state paid all the bills. So, anybody with a similar case should please come forward and get our attention. We have already ordered for more search, as stated earlier,” he said.
The governor further revealed that the state government had ordered for the search of more similar cases in the state, assuring that, the state would sponsor their operations in the same centre in Sokoto.
He however disclosed that the state government has to institutionalise such gestures, while embarking on a plan to establish such centre in the state.
“We are now starting to establish a similar Centre in Kano, in partnership with the Centre of Excellence, Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto. We are institutionalising the process and intervention. Our concern is always the health and happiness of our people.”
He noted that places with higher population may likely be more prone to such health issue, adding that Kano state as the most populated state in the country has every tendency to have more of such people.
“That is part of the reason why we must institutionalize the process and our determined intervention,” he stated.
During his presentation remarks, Professor Nasiru Yawuri, Deputy Vice Chancellor of the university, commended the state government and the foresight of the governor for sponsoring 7 people for that surgical operation.
He said “On behalf of the University and the Centre of Excellence, we are very much grateful for the people-oriented leadership of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, for making it necessary by the state government to support these people.”