Free dialysis service for patients suffering from chronic kidney disease has commenced at the newly established Yobe State University Teaching Hospital, YSUTH, Damaturu, the spokesman to the state governor, Abdullahi Bego has said in a statement.
Responding to a report that dialysis has yet to commence at YSUTH despite Governor Ibrahim Gaidam’s directive for the hospital to provide free dialysis to indigenes of the state who require it, Mr Bego said YSUTH has already conducted more than one hundred free dialysis sessions to patients from different parts of the state.
“The governor approved for free dialysis to kidney patients nearly two months ago. That was a government policy that YSUTH was set to implement. Prior to implementation, however, there were certain conditions that have to be met, including identifying and sourcing for quality dialysis consumables and ensuring that once started, consumables supply needed to sustain the free dialysis policy will be continuous and uninterrupted”, Mr Bego said.
The governor’s spokesman explained that YSUTH management both identified a supply company called NIPRO Medical Nigeria Ltd and undertook study tour to Katsina and Kano States where high-volume dialysis service and kidney transplants are being rendered to ensure an effective and seamless start of dialysis service in Yobe State.
Mr Bego added that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has already been signed between YSUTH representing the Yobe State Government and NIPRO Medical Nig. Ltd for the delivery of consumables for kidney dialysis.
“It is on the basis of the MoU and assurance that the consumables needed to sustain the free dialysis policy will be regularly supplied that YSUTH commenced the free dialysis service programme,” Mr Bego said.
The governor’s spokesman added that Mr Gaidam has also approved funds for some members of the YSUTH management to visit Al-Mansoura Kidney and Urology Institute in Egypt, which is a WHO recognised center for kidney transplant, to explore an MoU for kidney transplant in Yobe.
“The MoU will not only provide for kidney transplant at YSUTH but will also build the capacity of healthcare providers in the state in the area of kidney transplant and overall renal care”, he added.