From Idongesit Ekpot, Uyo
A REPORT from Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State Capital, says that post-kidney patients in the state have given the state governor, Udom Emmanuel thumbs up for recently donating recommended drugs for their treatment.
The government through the recommendation of the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Medicals, Dr. Ignatius Akpabio, had put smiles on their faces too by perfoming a successful operations.
One of the beneficiaries, Mr. Okokon Akpanuko lauded the governor for all he has done to help them stay alive.
Mr. Akpanuko said, though he did not actually go through the pain because he realised the issue early, he was glad that he is alive through the benevolence of the governor adding that before government intervention, he usually spend N150,000 monthly for drugs.
Another patient, Ms. Otoabasi Philip expressed happiness to the state Chief Executive, noting that before now, the amount spent monthly by each of them for treatment was based on the type of drugs and dosage as each of them could spend from N 150,000 to N 450,000.
“If we were to buy those drugs in Nigeria, the cost will be too much for us and that was why we made up our minds to send it from India to minimise the cost.”
On how long they intend taking the drugs, one of the beneficiaries, Mr. Kenneth Ekpe said for now, it is a lifetime commitment, adding that they are not expected to miss any dose which is 12 hours every day, as missing a dosage will lead to serious complications.
A Consultant Kidney Physician in-charge of the post-kidney transplant patients, Dr. Udeme Ekrikpo appreciated Governor Emmanuel for the assistance and intervention.
He appealed to Government to extend the help to patients who have not undergone Kidney transplantation.
“Now we see in Akwa Ibom on daily basis a new kidney failure patient most of them cannot afford one session of kidney dialysis which is between N 30,000 to N 40,000.