Kaduna state government releases statement on little boy with eye and facial cancer, Isah Mohammed

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Kaduna state government this afternoon,
released a statement detailing how far they have
gone in bringing medical help to Isah
Mohammed who has been diagnosed with
Cancer of the eye and facial region. Read the
statement below…

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Preamble On the 7th of June, 2016, The
young Isah mohammed (Amir)
accompanied by his mother and Dan
Majen Kano was brought to the office of
the Chief of Staff from the Emir of Kano
for assistance in respect of his eye
disease, diagnosed as Retinoblastoma
(cancer of the eye and facial region). The
disease presented itself as a huge tumor
on the right side of his head. The efforts
in stages Amir was immediately taken to
Barau Dikko Hospital where he was
admitted in the accident and emergency
Ward for emergency medical attention.
Various tests were conducted and the
hospital, having inadequate facilities to
render the much needed medical care,
referred him to Ahmadu Bello University
Teaching Hospital, Shika. On reaching
Shika, it was discovered that activities
were grinded to halt as the doctors had
embarked on industrial action (strike).
Without hesitation, the Chief of Staff
reached out to the Chief Medical Director;
Prof. Khalid and solicited for his
assistance and promised that the Kaduna
State Government is ready to settle his
entire medical bills. On manifestation of
the disease some years back, Amir had
had his right eye removed and had been
admitted at Shika. A well-documented
medical record of his’ were found, this
made the process a lot easier. Again,
tests were carried out in the hospital’s
Haematology/Oncology unit. On the 15th
of June, 2016, the hospital wrote “The
radiation facilities available at Ahmadu
Bello University Teaching Hospital are not
focused for children of his age”. The letter
went ahead to state that Amir will need
specialized care including resistant
testing, surgery, chemotherapy and
radiation therapy. The hospital
recommended that the child be taken
abroad to enable him access care for his
condition. With this report of prognosis,
St Jude Children’s research Hospital,
Minnesota, USA were contacted through
a Lagos based NGO; CEDIO FREE RURAL
MEDICAL OUTREACH. The NGO had been
introduced to Kaduna State Government
by Amir’s family as they had for a while
been working with the family to assist in
finding medical care for Amir outside the
country. On the 16th of June, 2016, the
various reports and pictures were sent to
the NGO for onward communication to St
Jude as part of efforts to establish if the
hospital is still willing to take Amir’s
case. Through the independent effort of
the Government, another hospital;
MEDANTA HOSPITAL, INDIA, had been
sent Amir’s medical report so as to
establish another option for the child.
Both responses are being awaited.

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