The management of the Specialist Hospital, Sokoto disclosed on Wednesday that Gov. Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto State donated N21 million for free treatment of renal failure patients at the institution.
The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Attahiru Isa, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Sokoto that the governor had been donating N1.5 million monthly to the centre from May 2012 to date.
“Since then all the patients being treated at the centre were getting their routine dialysis and drugs free, courtesy of the gesture by Wamakko.
“Some of them come here for between two to eight dialysis sessions per week and each session costs N15,000 but they are now getting them free as the governor has been paying the money,” he added.
Isa said the centre was established in March 2011 by the state government with the active collaboration of the MTN foundation.
The director said “if not for this noble and commendable gesture by Gov. Wamakko, most of the renal failure patients, especially the indigent ones, might have died by now.
“Other wealthy individuals should emulate the governor in this direction. He does this in addition to the N6 million the state government gives monthly to the health sub-committee of the Zakkat and endowment for the free treatment of indigent patients across the state.”
Some of the patients interviewed at the dialysis centre were full of praises for the governor, saying “we have nothing to offer to him and his government than fervent prayers.”
They appealed to other wealthy individuals and organisations to emulate the governor, to save the lives of other indigent patients in the state and the country in general.