Aisha sponsors heart surgeries, vows to continue supporting health of children

Aisha Buhari

Aisha Buhari

Mrs. Aisha Buhari has expressed her determination to continue to provide all the necessary technical and material support for improving the health and well-being of Nigerian children.

The first lady was speaking when she invited a team of cardiac surgeons from Italy who were in Nigeria to offer free heart surgery for less privileged children.

The exercise which was a collaboration with Aisha’s Future Assured Programme was aimed at providing relief for less privileged children living with complicated heart diseases.

The wife of the president used the opportunity to draw the attention of stakeholders to the high rate of heart disease among Nigerians, a condition she said was too expensive for the average Nigerian to manage, leading to avoidable morbidity and mortality.

Speaking at the meeting, the leader of the 13-man medical surgeons from Italy, Prof. Oppido Guido, expressed their excitement for the opportunity to visit Nigeria and share experiences with professional colleagues and impact the lives of sick children.

Guido said the first lady has shown magnanimity by sponsoring the surgeries completely and should be commended.

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Also speaking, the Chief Medical Director of Federal Medical Centre, Jabi, Prof. Sa’ad Ahmed, expressed happiness about the choice of hospital for the surgeries.

The CMD, while reaffirming the uniqueness of the FMC in conducting such surgeries, said the hospital has been recognized as the best government hospital among the Commonwealth countries.

Sa’ad commended the first lady for providing a state-of-the-art Quantum Medtronic Heart Lung Machine with a diagnostic module, which is required for conducting surgeries of this nature.

The machine, he said, is the first of its specification in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The open heart surgeries, sponsored by the First lady, are targeted at children and will run for one week from Jan 21 to Jan. 28, 2023.

Similar missions will hold at different hospitals across the country

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