From Mustapha Adamu, Kano
Kano state government has achieved a landmark breakthrough in its medical history with the successful performance of its first brain surgery at Muhammadu Buhari Specialist Hospital, Giginyu.
The two-day operation, conducted by five surgeons, was carried out on one Ali Iliyasu, who was suffering from brain complications for 26 years, after a road accident.
Head of the surgeons who conducted the surgery, Consultant Neuro-Surgeon Shu’aibu Dambatta, said the patient had an 11-month appointment with a different hospital before he came to the newly commissioned facility by administration of governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, where the doctors accepted to conduct the open brain surgery on him.
Dambatta explained that the team of the surgeons included Dr Atiku, Dr Musa, Dr Hassan and Dr Musbahu, who are all indigenes of Kano State.
“This is the first brain surgery done in Kano, in the history of the medical profession in the state, ” he said.
“We were contacted within the shortest period of time and we accepted to conduct the surgery. As you can see the patient talking to you now, in less than 24 hours after the surgery, you know it is a successful exercise. He goes to rest room on his feet, just within 24 hours after the surgery. We all thank Allah for this all-important breakthrough in this Specialist Hospital,” he added.
He further disclosed that the patient is from Dala local government area of Kano state.
“All members of the team that we participated together in the surgery are also from Kano. We are all from Kano state,” he said.
According to Dr Dambatta, the surgery was conducted free of charge.
“The patient’s family are only left with the purchase of the prescribed drugs. So we are all happy that we conducted the first open brain surgery in Kano. And it was very successful. Alhamdulillah,” he said.
In his remarks, a visibly impressed and emotional Ganduje said: “We are delighted and very much impressed with this development. This proves clearly that when government is serious about anything, that thing can be achieved successfully.
“We are ever thankful to Almighty Allah for making our dream comes true. When President Muhammadu Buhari was commissioning this giant Specialist Hospital, we revealed to the hearing of all, that, it would not be run solely by government.
“We wanted to make it under Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement where there will be no strike from the staff and the management would tally with the global best practice. This is the result of our people-centred thinking”.
He said this development is a pride to the state in the area of effective and efficient health care delivery system.
On his part, the patient Iliyasu who recounted his ordeals said “I had been suffering from this problem for the past 26 years, when I had an accident. Since that time my brain was not the same again,” H said.
He added: “My family and I suffered a lot by going from one place to another, in search of effective medical attention and intervention.
But all to no avail. The last place we went, gave me an appointment of 11 months after which a surgery would be conducted on me.
“We decided to contact this Muhammadu Buhari Specialist Hospital, which we heard the Kano state government has so much confidence in.
Within the shortest period of time I was invited. And after surgical procedures were carried out, then the surgery was conducted. Not only conducted, but it was successfully conducted.
“Before now I found it very difficult to sleep. And even at that, I was never comfortable. But look at me now, after the surgery I slept for more than seven or eight hours for the first time. ”
Iliyasu then showed his appreciation through his prayer for the re-election of Ganduje and President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 elections.