Sokoto: Indegent women to get free surgery
Society of Gynaecology and Obsterics of Nigeria (SOGON) will spend N4 million on free treatment and specialised surgery to indigent women in Sokoto rural communities.
Dr Yakubu Ahmad, the Chief Medical Director of Usmanu Danfodio University Teaching Hospital (UDUTH) Sokoto told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday that the outreach was an annual event.
He said that the gesture was part of the organisation’s 51st Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference scheduled for Nov. 19 to 25 this year.
Ahmad, who is also the Chairman of the Local Organising Committee,
said the expenses would cover combined specialised surgeries, medications and other chain of treatments.
He added that the objective of the programme was to improve womens’ health.
He said “we have more than 1,000 skillful members managing women health and rights at various levels.
“We are targetting 200 women in the outreach support services and at present, the number has surpassed the target and registration continues.”
“A case of specialised surgery takes nine to 10 hours and requires serial surgeries on sequentials; such cases include VVF, cancer and other cases involving women who are sexually active.”
He added that the event would feature talks on modern innovations, economic challenges bordering women health and offer practical ways of addressing them.
According to him, members of the group educate people on challenges, medical financing on tackling maternal and newborn child, family planing and other challenges in the nation as contribution to growth and development.
He commended the Sokoto State Government on partnership with UDUTH on utilising manpower to state-owned hospitals, introducing health insurance scheme in the state and other initiatives.
Ahmad also commended the Sultanate council on its support to various issues in the nation at at large.