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Borno State Recorded Over 100 Cases of COVID-19 Last Week, Offers Free Dialysis to Patients... Dr. Kwaya Bura

By Sadiq Abubakar, The Nigerian Voice, Maiduguri
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The Borno State Commissioner of Health, Dr Aliyu Salihu Kwayabura has said that the state records 135 patients monthly on arrival to the state despite the lockdown order and restriction of movements

He added that about 1000 patients of renal diseases are already receiving free kidney dialysis offered by the Borno State government between December 2019 and June 2020 which was based on an average of 135 dialysis sessions per month, beginning with the 144 in the first month of December 2019.

,Dr Kwaya Bura said that a research team has been set up to investigate the remote and immediate causes of rising cases of renal failure in the state, pointing out that, the state has recorded about one hundred cases in the last one week thereby occupying the ninth position with over four hundred and fifty confirmed cases.

He maintained that the new kidney centre at the state specialist hospital has carried out six hundred and seventy-five free dialysis sessions in the last five months to manage patients suffering from kidney problems.

“The free dialysis has enabled each patient to save N100,000 which is the amount to be spent by each patient for paid services. The Kidney dialysis is free to all citizens of Borno State, irrespective of economic status

“State government decided to offer the services free considering the fact that insurgency has impoverished majority of our people to the point that they cannot afford to pay for the services", Kwaya Bura said.

He said," On COVID -19, the state has recorded about one hundred cases in the last one week thereby occupying the ninth position with over four hundred and fifty confirmed cases. The COVID -19 response team has ramped up testing capacity to cover the increased number of passengers coming to the state."

The Commissioner said the state government was not leaving any stone unturned to control and prevent COVID-19 pandemic, stressing that, the COVID 19 response team has however ramped up testing capacity to cover the increased number of passengers coming to the state.

“Prevention is more important than treatment,” arguing, however, “but you cannot prevent what you have not been able to determine; we are yet to determine what exactly is responsible for the high prevalence of renal diseases in Borno State and the entire North-East.”

“The committee has taken necessary measures to prevent devastation due to the second wave of the pandemic, calling on residents to be extra vigilant.” He stated.

Dr. Kwaya Bura noted that the response team has stepped up awareness campaign on preventive measures against Coronavirus and have also fortified health facilities across the state to prevent any possible outbreak.

He said the response team has stepped up awareness campaign on preventive measures against Coronavirus and have also fortified health facilities across the state to prevent any possible outbreak.