Mus­lim doc­tors to as­sist pa­tients with heart ail­ments

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi & Aliyu M. Ha­m­agam, Dutse

The Is­lamic Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria (IMAN) will soon be­gin an in­ter­ven­tion pro­gramme to as­sist pa­tients with heart ail­ments across the coun­try.

The as­so­ci­a­tion, which is an af­fil­i­ate of the Fed­er­a­tion of Is­lamic Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tions (FIMA), said in a state­ment by its Na­tional Pres­i­dent, Dr Sal­isu Ismail, that the pro­ject would go a long way in help­ing peo­ple with heart dis­eases.

He said the de­ci­sion to start the pro­ject in Nige­ria was reached in Abuja last Thurs­day by del­e­gates that at­tended the 17th IMAN In­ter­na­tional Sci­en­tific Con­fer­ence. While urg­ing Nige­ri­ans to sup­port the pro­ject which has the theme: ‘FIMA Save the Heart’, Ismail said the as­so­ci­a­tion re­cently or­ga­nized free surg­eries for 500 pa­tients with cataract and 100 oth­ers with Vesico Vig­i­nal Fis­tula (VVF), in col­lab­o­ra­tion with other or­ga­ni­za­tions.

He said the topic of this year’s con­fer­ence, ‘Erad­i­ca­tion of Com­mu­ni­ca­ble Dis­eases: West Africa and Nige­rian Ex­pe­ri­ence,’ was cho­sen to high­light the suc­cess Nige­ria achieved re­cently in erad­i­cat­ing po­lio, con­tain­ing Ebola and Lassa fever.

Mean­while, no fewer than 200 peo­ple suf­fer­ing from cataract are ex­pected to un­dergo free med­i­cal surgery in Ji­gawa State.

The Co­or­di­na­tor, Eye Care and Ne­glected Trop­i­cal Dis­eases, Dr. Ab­dul­rah­man Ashiru, dis­closed this in Dutse, say­ing the pro­gramme was car­ried out un­der the aus­pices of the Is­lamic Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria and the Fed­er­a­tion of Is­lamic Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion with the sup­port of the Ji­gawa State govern­ment, Al­basar In­ter­na­tional, Christopel Blind Mis­sion and Sight Savers.

He said 115 pa­tients had un­der­gone surgery in the first round of the ex­er­cise while the rest would have theirs in the next few days, adding that a team of ex­perts was al­ready on ground.

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