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AKTH to begin heart, lung transplant surgeries




Mukhtar Yahya Usman

Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH) says it is planning to start heart and lung transplant surgeries.

Consultant Hematologist Aisha Kuliya Gwarzo said this on Friday during the commissioning of a tissue typing and cross-matching laboratory equipment at the hospital.

KANO FOCUS reports that the laboratory is the first of its kind in West Africa and is used for matching the organs of donors and recipients before operation.

NNPC donates kidney transplant cross-matching equipment to AKTH

AKTH conducts 60 kidney transplants

Ms Gwarzo, a professor and expert in hematology and stem cell science said AKTH is set to develop the laboratory into a stem cell and organ transplant centre.

She said even though AKTH had been conducting kidney transplant operations, patients had to wait for their specimens to be tested abroad.

Ms Kuliya listed the benefits of the new laboratory to include increase in diagnostic capacity, precision and accuracy of clinical diagnosis.

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She added it will also offer services to other departments and specialties within and outside the hospital requiring “cytogenetic and molecular diagnostic services.”

In a remark, a representative of NNPC Abubakar Aliyu Muhammad said the project was realized after the AKTH requested the support of the NNPC to procure the tissue typing and X-match laboratory equipment.

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He said the NNPC donated the equipment to the hospital to alleviate the suffering of many kidney and other chronic diseases patients.

On his part, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of AKTH, Professor Abdurrahman Abba Sheshe said a total of 57 successful transplant surgeries were conducted by the hospital’s team of indigenous specialists without foreign assistance.

He added that this was the highest number of renal transplants in any public health institution in Nigeria.

Mr Shehe added that a total of 465,498 patients were treated at the AKTH last year, a  majority of whom were referrals from within Kano and neighboring states of Jigawa, Bauchi, Katsina and Kaduna.

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AIG orders investigation of Policeman seen voting in Kano APC Congress



Aminu Abdullahi

The Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone Abubakar Sadiq Bello has ordered the investigation of unprofessional conduct of a policeman caught on camera voting during state congress of All progressive Congress (APC) in Kano.

KANO FOCUS reportsthat in view of the unprofessional conduct of the policeman, the AIG has referred the matter to the Zonal X-Squad for investigation.

A statement issued on Monday by Zonal Police Public Relations Officer Abubakar Zayyanu identified the police officer as Bashir Mohammed attached to the government house, Kano, from where he was deployed to work with the state Chairman of APC Abdullahi Abbas as a security aide.

Mr Zayyanu noted that if the inspector is found to have committed an offence by this action, the appropriate disciplinary measure will be taken against him.

He further assured the general public that further development on the matter will be communicated.

The statement reads in part.

“The attention of the Inspector-General of Police Zone one Headquarters, Kano has been drawn to a trending picture on social media, of an inspector of police casting vote at the recently conducted Kano State congress of the APC along with his principal, the state party chairman, Abdullahi Abbas.

“The inspector of police has been identified as Bashir Mohammed of the Special Protection Unit, Base One, Kano. The inspector is attached to the government house, Kano from where he was deployed to work with the said Abdullahi Abbas as a security aide.

“In view of this seemingly unprofessional conduct of the inspector, the AIG has referred the matter to the Zonal X-Squad for investigation.

“If the inspector is found to have committed a disciplinary offence by this action, the appropriate disciplinary measure will be taken against him.

“Finally,  we want assure members of the public that further development on the matter will be communicated please.”

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EFCC Grills Rabiu Kwankwaso



Rabiu Kwankwaso

Nasiru Yusuf

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Saturday grilled former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso over allegations of abuse of office, diversion of public funds and fraudulent allocation of government properties to cronies.

KANO FOCUS reports that Kwankwaso, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, was first invited by the EFCC in September but failed to honour the invitation as reported by Channels TV.

An associate of the politician informed Channels Television that Kwankwanso may have been invited in relation to a petition by some retired employees of the Kano State Government.

The retired employees had told the EFCC that the former governor mismanaged pension remittances to the tune of N10 billion between 2011 and 2015, to fund a housing project for his cronies.

EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren did not comment on the interrogation of the former governor when contacted on Saturday.

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Crisis rocks Kano APC as Ganduje, Shekarau hold parallel Congress



Aminu Abdullahi

Crisis rocked Kano chapter of All Progressive Congress (APC), as Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and faction loyal to former governor of Kano and serving Senator Ibrahim Shekarau held parallel state congress.

KANO FOCUS reports that while Ganduje group held their congress at Sani Abacha stadium, faction loyal to Shekarau had their own at Janguza town, Tofa local government area.

Ganduje’s led group endorsed Abdullahi Abbas as state chairman of APC for a second term in a consensus arrangement, while the faction loyal to Shekarau announced Ahmadu Haruna Zago as newly elected chairman of APC in Kano state.

Reports shows that the security have earlier disrupted Shekarau’s camp congress at Sani Abacha youth centre and sealed the premises before they moved to Janguza where they held the election.

Below are some pictures of the parallel Congress.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje while voting at Sani Abacha stadium


Governor Abdullahi Ganduje with APC chieftains


Delegates at Sani Abacha stadium

Ballot box

Factional chairman of Kano APC Ahmadu Haruna Zago

Ahmadu Haruna Zago and Abdilkadir Jobe

APC factional congress at Janguza

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