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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.

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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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Just in: Finance Minister suspends Accountant-general over alleged N80bn fraud



Aminu Abdullahi

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Dr. Zainab Ahmed, has suspended the embattled Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, from office over his alleged involvement in N80billion fraud being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

KANO FOCUS reports that Idris was arrested on Monday by the operatives of the anti-graft agency over alleged diversion of funds and money laundering activities to the tune of N80billion.

He was arrested after failing to honour invitations by the EFCC to respond to issues connected to the fraudulent acts.

EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, in a statement, had said the commission’s verified intelligence showed that the AGF  raked off the funds through bogus consultancies and other illegal activities using proxies, family members and close associates.

He said the funds were laundered through real estate investments in Kano and Abuja.

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Kano experiences heavy rainfall in next three days – NiMet



Nasiru Yusuf



The Nigeria’s meteorological agency, NiMet, has forecast moderate to heavy rainfall within the next three days in Kano.

KANO FOCUS reports that NiMet announced this in its weather advisory on Tuesday.

“As a result of the expected moderate to heavy rainfall in the next three days, there are chances of flash flooding of roads and low-lying settlements,” the agency said.

It added that “there could be disruption of traffic due to flooded or closed roads, reduction in visibility, likely damage to mud houses and possible disruption in flight operations.”

The rain is expected to be accompanied by strong winds, lightning and thunder, hence the falling of weak buildings and displacement of makeshift structures are likely, NiMet said.

Hence, it advised the public to exercise restraint, disconnect electrical appliances before, not during the storm, and avoid standing or parking cars under trees as much as possible.

NiMet urges emergency agencies to be prepared and keep monitoring to avoid low-level areas and fast-flowing runoff waters.

It also advised the public to be prepared for these events to avoid damage from rain-related hazards.

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VP Osinbajo visits scene of  Kano explosion



Nasiru Yusuf


Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has visited the scene of Kano explosive where he commiserated with the government and people of Kano state over the gas and explosion at Sabon Gari area of the state capital.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Vice president arrived at the scene of the explosion in company of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

Osinbajo during the visit to the scene of the incident expressed shock that little school children were among those injured.

The Vice President who described the incident as devastating, sympathised with the victims and enjoined relevant authorities to take preventive measures against future occurrence.

He prayed for the repose of the souls of those who lost their lives and quick recovery of injured victims.

The Vice President and governor Ganduje were received and briefed by the Commissioner of Police Kano Command Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko.

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje thanked the vice president for the concern and pledged medical and financial support to victims of the explosion.

The Vice President was in Kano to meet APC delegates ahead of party’s primary elections.

At least nine people are confirmed to have died in an explosion in the Sabon Gari area of Kano state on Tuesday morning.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in a statement said nine corpses have been recovered from the scene of the explosion.

NEMA’s spokesperson, Manzo Ezekiel, said the Director-General, Mustapha Habib, who visited the scene of the explosion, coordinated the rescue operations.

Mr Ezekiel said: “Nine dead bodies have been recovered so far from the rubbles of a collapsed building beside a primary school following explosions from a gas cylinder at Aba Road in Sabon Gari area of Kano.

“Director-General National Emergency Management Agency, Mustapha Habib Ahmed, was at the site of the incident and coordinated the rescue operations.

“He mobilised excavators being used for the rescue operations and said NEMA team will ensure complete removal of the rubbles to retrieve all trapped persons.

“Furthermore, the DG instructed the NEMA rescue team to remain at the site until the conclusion of the rescue and to work together with security agencies and other response organisations present at the location.

“NEMA is presently coordinating the rescue operations involving members, Nigerian Red Cross, military, the Nigerian Police, Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps, Kano SEMA, the official statement said.

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