The Speaker, Kogi State House of Assembly, and Member representing Lokoja 1 Constituency, Umar Ahmed Imam has called on both State Government and colleagues to save a 22-year old girl, Miss Ibrahim Hawa from premature death.
Imam made the call on Wednesday 5th April, 2017 in a matter of urgent public importance brought before the House in its plenary.
Miss Ibrahim Hawa, from Kabawa in Lokoja LGA of the State was diagnosed with advanced kidney failure, hence the urgent need to save her soul from an early death.
According to the lawmaker, he got aware through a report on the young lady by Drs Kayode I. D. and A. Adewale both of Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja that Hawa, who is already a patient of haemodialysis, that is the dialysis of the blood to remove toxic substances or metabolic wastes from the bloodstream to avoid further kidney failure, has not been regular in her treatment due to financial constraints.
“Whereas, weekly dialysis, required to sustain her pending a definitive treatment, will cost the poor family of Miss Ibrahim Hawa over a Hundred Thousand Naira (₦100, 000.00). This aside, a weekly treatment of blood forming injections is Fifteen Thousand Naira (₦15, 000.00) which the family cannot also afford, having exhausted their meagre resources in an effort to save the poor lady’s life.
“A definitive treatment for the advanced kidney failure is advised, kidney transplantation. This treatment can be assessed both within and outside Nigeria and a conservative cost is put at Ten Million Naira (₦10, 000, 000.00) only. A family that could not afford haemodialysis could require a miracle to undergo the transplantation,” he said.
He appealed to the State Government to grant financial assistance with the sum of Ten Million Naira (₦10, 000, 000.00) only in support of the treatment of Miss Ibrahim Hawa to undergo kidney transplantation, and to save her from premature death.
He also enjoined the Members of the House to also assist the young girl financially with the sum of Five Hundred and Fifty-Five Thousand Naira (₦555, 000.00) to cover for the cost of dialysis in the next five weeks and pending the definitive treatment.