Story from Shafa’atu DAUDA, Kano
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state has disclosed his administration’s decision to establish a hermaphrodite centre for those with intersex complications, while partnering with the TETFund Centre of Excellence, at Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto (UDUS).
He made the disclosure at a special session with all members of the state Executive Council, held at the Government House, Kano on Wednesday, where he received seven people who were sponsored by the state government to undergo successful surgery.
Ganduje said, “Kano state government was worried when we got information that there was one person with that intersex problem. We also learned that the person needed assistance for a surgical operation. We quickly intervened and took the patient to Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto.
“We then ordered for a search for other similar cases in the state. We got other 6 cases, which we also sent to UDUS, Centre of Excellence. Alhamdulillah, all of them were successfully operated.”
The Governor ordered for the search of more similar cases in the state, assuring that, the state would sponsor their operations in the same Centre in Sokoto.
He further revealed that “All the seven people were operated free of charge. The state paid all the bills. So anybody with a similar case should please come forward and get our attention. We have already ordered a search for more cases, as stated earlier.”
Governor Ganduje also disclosed that “We are now starting to establish a similar centre in Kano, in partnership with the Centre of Excellence, Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto. We are institutionalising the process and intervention. Our concern is always the health and happiness of our people.”
He said that places with a higher population may likely be more prone to such health issues.
“Kano state being the most populated state in the country has every tendency that we have more of such people. That is part of the reason we must institutionalise the process and our determined intervention,” he said.
In his remarks, Professor Nasiru Yawuri, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University, commended the state government and the foresight of the Governor for sponsoring seven people for the surgical operation.
Yawuri said, “On behalf of the University and the Centre of Excellence, we are very much grateful for the people-oriented leadership of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, for making it necessary by the state government to support these people.
“Your Excellency, this act really changed their lives for good. They can now live a very comfortable life. May Allah reward this and similar efforts. We are pleased to understand that the state government will partner with us in this area. This is a welcome development,” he appreciated.