Bauchi - Gov. Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State on Tuesday presented a cheque of N3.5 million to 25-year-old Abubakar Buba whose two kidneys were removed illegally in a private hospital in Bauchi.
Presenting the cheque at the dialyses centre of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, Bauchi, Yuguda said the money was to cover the cost of kidney transplant for the patient in a hospital in India.
Represented by the Commissioner for Health, Dr Sani Malami, the governor said the government would also support the victim to process his visa and undergo further medical tests.
He said that the patient and his two donors would be taken to Kano to undergo further medical checks before leaving for India.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Buba’s mother and elder brother had volunteered to donate each of their kidneys to him.
Responding, the patient thanked the state government for the gesture and assured that the money would be judiciously used.
A relative of the patient and Director of Administration, Bauchi Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Alhaji Sadiq Ibrahim, also expressed gratitude to the state government for the gesture.
Ibrahim said that an additional N1.6 million was still required to transport and accommodate the patient, a medical officer, the two donors and a relative while in India.
"Initially, the relatives of the suspects who removed the two kidneys of Abubakar offered to pay the N5.1 million medical bill before Yuguda decided to foot the bill.
"If we did not get the transport fare we have no option but to go back to government for more assistance,” Ibrahim said.