…..Takes up hole in heart patient
From: Olanrewaju Lawal, Birnin-Kebbi
Founder of Medicaid Cancer Foundation and wife of Governor of Kebbi State, Dr. Zainab Atiku Bagudu, has disclosed that over 12,000 breast cancer patients were received by her diagnostic centre, Umar Shinkafi Diagnostic Centre, since its inception.
Of the figure, she said that 600 patients within and outside the state were treated successfully by her Foundation which comprises both women and men.
The governor’s wife stated this, on Wednesday, while addressing newsmen in Birnin-Kebbi, the state capital, as part of activities to mark the 2017 cancer treatment awareness by Medicaid Cancer Foundation.
According to her, “We keep on saying that we have 12,000 patients but like i told you earlier, we don’t have accurate data in African though Medicaid has better data system than others in Nigeria. Often,we do go to villages for screening without recording it. But with the data we have in our registered, we have over 12,000 both from within and outside state.
“As for treatment, we have 600 patients now. We take full responsibility of patients from within and outside the state. Recently, we took the responsibility of a patient with N2m and the treatment was successful.”
Dr. Bagudu explained that she received several text messages daily from cancer patients, stressing that 60 percentages of these reported cases had reached “horrible stages”, before they visited her Foundation for treatment.
While responding to a request to assist patients with a hole in the heart, Dr. Bagudu said her Foundation would link the family with the Kanu Heart Foundation for help because they are partners on heart-related issues.
She explained that the Foundation was having a football match with Kanu Heart Foundation, next week, in Abuja, saying ” We would refer the patient to him so that the daughter could live a normal life.”
The Daily Sun had published news of parent of Maryam Isah, a 5-year- old girl with a hole in the heart struggling to get assistance for their daughter’s since 2012 when she was diagnosed with the sickness by the Cardiology Unit, Department of Paediatrics, Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto.