Executive Governor of Borno State, Prof. Babagana Zulum has approved the sum of N50 million as a grant for the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH), to research the prevalence of Kidney diseases in Borno state.

The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the UMTH, Prof. Ahmed Ahidjo, who disclosed Zulum’s intervention to the hospital’s kidney center, said, “His Excellency, the Governor of Borno approved a research grant of N50 million for our kidney center so that we can conduct research in kidney diseases that are prevalent in this society. Research is part of our work here and we are conducting it. Cancer research is also our priority.”

The CMD urged other organizations and kind-hearted individuals to emulate the state government’s kind gesture, explaining that the UMTH’s mandate included the provision of clinical services as well as training and research that would help in containing prevalent diseases.

“We are professionals in the academic field. So, the clinical services, training and research are incorporated in every aspect of the hospital’s operations,” he said.

Mr Ahidjo assured that the hospital would continue to remain committed to ensuring that patients in the North-East zone got the best services.

Meanwhile, a ministerial committee, under the leadership of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Mamuda Mamman, which concluded an on-the-spot assessment of projects and special interventions in the hospital, has expressed satisfaction with what was on the ground.

Mr Mamman said “From what we have seen, I can testify that UMTH is really a center of excellence. I can assure you that if we maintain this trend, medical tourism in Nigeria will be a thing of the past.”

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