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Yobe earmarks funds for terror victims

04 October 2013, 07:35Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Yobe State Government has approved N133 million (about US$ 800 000) for the treatment of more than 300 victims of Boko Haram attacks in the state.

Abdullahi Bego, the Special Adviser on Press Affairs to Yobe State Governor, disclosed the figures in a statement.

“His Excellency Governor Ibrahim Gaidam has approved N133 million to support 300 patients and victims of Boko Haram attacks whose conditions require medical treatment outside the state,” he stated.

He added, “This is part of ongoing efforts to provide succor to the less privileged as an interim measure, as the government works to re-position the state’s health sector through massive renovation of hospitals and provision of equipment and drugs.”

Bego said some of the conditions for which the patients were supported by the government on the recommendations of the state's medical board included kidney transplant, open heart surgery, cardiac catheterization, spinal cord surgery, knee and hip replacement therapy and several orthopedic and ophthalmology cases referred to hospitals within the country.

These centres include the Dala Orthopedic Hospital, National Eye Center Kaduna and other hospitals in India and Egypt.

Among the more than 300 patients, 18 were supported to undergo knee and hip replacement therapy and other orthopedic procedures to treat gunshot wounds sustained in various attacks by criminals and insurgents.

The patients include less privileged patients with chronic conditions such as advanced diabetes and chronic liver disease. These require regular medications but are not in a position to provide for such. Yobe is one of several states worst affected by terror.

- CAJ News



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