By Sani Gazas Chinade, Damaturu
Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State has taken the fight against kidney disease affecting the state, to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
In a press released signed by Mamman Mohammed the DG press and media Affairs to the Governor said that, the Governor in a meeting with renowned epidemiologists, said the state lost many people living on the banks of River Yobe to kidney failure, and many more, now patients of the disease.
“The figure of people dying and others as patients is very worrisome and that calls for quick action to save the communities.
“I am equally worried that a large number of the productive population are getting more affected,” he said.
Buni calls for a quick and active intervention to save the people, assuring that his administration is prepared for every partnership and collaboration that would provide solution to this menace.
The Governor said some data have been generated by the Yobe State Teaching Hospital to facilitate and fast track research and diagnosis for advanced study into the cause of the disease.
“I am optimistic that you would partner with us to find solution to the disease to save our people and others in the neighbouring states also lined up along the banks of the river,” the Governor noted.
Prof. Neil Peace, the internationally celebrated Professor of Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene, said the data generated would be used to establish the causative agents which would push for finding a solution.
“We have conducted studies in Malawi and Kenya in Africa, Nicaragua, Sri Lanka and India, we will work with you too to establish the cause of the disease” Prof. Neil assured.
He said though research on such diseases are very expensive, the collaboration would look for international funding to assist the research.
Prof. Ben Caplin, a Professsor of Nephrology at the University College London, who specialised in population-based clinical and laboratory studies said, it is important to establish the causes of the disease.
He commended Governor Buni for his interest in finding solution to this problem facing the communities.
“The only solution to this problem is to find out the possible causes and mitigate the causes as a solution to the disease to save this population and indeed the future generation,” Prof. Ben said.