The Bauchi state government has commended the Sultan Surgical Mobile Team for the successful undertaking of surgical operations to over 1,000 persons across the twenty Local Government Areas of the state with various types of ailments.
The state government had contracted the Sultan team to undertake free surgical operations to patients afflicted with diseases such as Hernia, Appendices, Hydrocele, Cyclonite, and Gonghon Lymphoma across the state.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry for Local Government Affairs, Alhaji Babayo Aliyu while making the commendation during an inspection visit to the surgical operations project at Dass General Hospital Monday, said that the government is appreciative of the team’s effective and efficient service to the people of the state.
“I’m happy that we are delivering these service through appropriate channel that is also equally committed to the welfare and well-being of the people of the state. This is a kind of humanitarian service that you are doing it for the humanity and I’m sure you will use all your professional talents to ensure that you do it successfully.
Alhaji Babayo Aliyu who expressed delight with the turn out of patience for the exercise, spoke of the need for a second round of the free medical services to enable more people benefit from the programme, saying government cares about providing healthcare services to its people.
Earlier while receiving the permanent secretary for the inspection visit, the Ag. Director, Sultan Medical Specialist, Dr. Babagana Mustapha Abubakar expressed delight with the joy and appreciation the people have for the free medical services programme.
Dr. Babagana Abubakar commended the assistance the medical team have from the Ministry for Local Government Affairs and the State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (PHCDA) and the Ministry of Health in carrying out the surgical operations to patients, saying they also received the cooperation of the people in almost all the Local Government Area visited.
Babagana, a consultant Urologist explained that the initial target for persons to be operated was 50 people from each of the twenty local government area in the state, but have to extent to more than the target due to the influx of people that need the medical service.
He therefore spoke of the need to expand the programme to reach more people in need of the medical service, especially those that want to benefit from it, and there are diseases that cannot be successfully operated in a day.
“You have to screen first, plan and come back to do the surgery, and stay for a week or so which may require selecting some centres, pulling patients to such centres and doing the surgery, hence the need to expand to include diseases that may require specialize investigations and treatment”, Urologist said.