Suffused in maternal instincts, Nigeria’s First Lady, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, has reaffirmed her commitment to providing all the necessary technical and material support towards enhancing the health and wellbeing of Nigerian children.
In this regard, the First Lady is already doing so much, including providing a state-of-the-art Quantum Medtronic Heart Lung Machine with a diagnostic module at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Jabi, Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
This particular equipment is described by experts as critical for conducting heart surgeries on children.
A statement by the First Lady’s Head of Information, Mr. Suleiman Haruna, on Tuesday in Abuja quoted her as speaking when she invited a team of cardiac surgeons from Italy who were in Nigeria to perform free heart surgeries on less-privileged children.
Haruna explained that the exercise, which was a collaboration with her non-governmental organisation (NGO), Future Assured Programme, was aimed at providing relief for less privileged children living with complicated heart diseases.
The First Lady had used the opportunity to draw the attention of stakeholders to the high rate of heart disease among Nigerians, a condition, which, according to her, was too expensive for the average Nigerian to manage, leading to avoidable morbidity and mortality.
The statement indicated that the children’s cardiac operations exercise was a product of a collaborative effort between her pet project, the Future Assured Programme, the Italian surgeons and the surgeons from the Jabi FMC, where she expressed confidence that the exercise will also ensure a transfer of expertise.
The statement also quoted the leader of the 13-member Italian medical delegation, Professor Oppido Guido, as having expressed the team’s excitement at the opportunity of visiting Nigeria and sharing experiences with professional colleagues and impacting on the lives of the sick children.
Guido said that the Mrs. Buhari has shown magnanimity by sponsoring the surgeries completely and should be commended.
Also speaking, the Chief Medical Director, FMC, Jabi, Professor Sa’ad Ahmed, had expressed happiness for the choice of the hospital for the surgeries.
While reaffirming the uniqueness of the hospital in conducting such surgeries, Ahmed explained that the Jabi FMC has been recognised as the best government hospital among the Commonwealth countries.
He commended the First Lady for providing a state-of-the-art Quantum Medtronic Heart Lung Machine with a diagnostic module, which is required for conducting surgeries of the nature of the ongoing medical outreach.
The machine, according to him, is the first of its specification in sub-Saharan Africa.
The free open-heart surgeries sponsored by the First Lady for children in the FCT axis will run for one week from January 21 to January 28, 2023.
Similar missions will be extended to a number of other hospitals across the country.
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