Honorable Danlami Muhammed Kurfi, a Federal lawmaker representing Dutsin-ma and Kurfi Constituents in Katsina State was reported to spent over 19.2 million for the provision of sickle cell drugs to ailing patients in Dutsin-ma, Kurfi, Safana, Danmusa and Batsari Local Governments.
This was made known today when the 20th months of the programme was unveiled at the General Hospital Dutsin-ma. When asked, Honorable Kurfi reaffirm his commitments in addressing health issues bedeviling his Constituency and the state at large.
Saying “That it is necessary for all and sundry to put hand together in order to fulfill their APC manifestos and to help the President and State Governors deliver.
Hon. Kurfi informed newsmen that each month, over 515,000 was spent on the procurement of sickle cell drugs for 19 months and another 493,000 was spent on daily feeding of the entire patients at the hospital for over 15 months now.
Speaking on behalf of the lawmaker, a spokesperson to Hon. Kurfi; Ali Bala confirmed that measures are already set for expanding the health programme to address other ailing diseases like malaria, HIV and co.
Speaking at the distribution of the drugs, Alhaji Rabe – the Dutsin-ma ‘A’ APC chairman urge the beneficiaries to abide by the Doctor’s prescription in taking the drugs. While Baba Abu – Coordinator to Hon. Kurfi urge them not to divert the drugs for other material gain.
Mr. Adamu Funtua, Chief pharmacist attached to the General Hospital who is also among the procurement committee addressed that ” Before, they used to procure the drugs from an open market, but going by the increase in number of the patients, as some were coming not only from Dutsin-ma and Kurfi where the lawmaker represents; but also from other neighboring communities hence the need to procure more from companies.
Adamu Funtua revealed that pain relievers, antibiotics and hemoglobinic drugs were procured and administered to patients for over 19 months now.
The drugs includes : Brufen 200mg and 400mg, Syrup Brufen, Augmentin Suspension, Augmentin Tabs 375mg and 625mg,, Amoxyl capsules 250mg and 500mg, Amoxyl suspension, folic acids, Astyming Syrup and Pithodrine tabs among others.
The In-charge, Sickle Cell department in Dutsin-ma general hospital Hajia Binta Bature Nagarba; informed katsinapost.com.ng that they started the distribution last year with a meager number of 150 patients, but now every month they attend to the needs of over 980 patients.
Hajia Binta stated that Honorable Kurfi never hesitated, hence he increases and provides them with the right amount of drugs needed each month.
She said, each patient is given four weeks prescribed medics and that because of the quality of the drugs, patients are responding to treatment.
When contacted to hear the views from the sickle cell beneficiaries, they all cheered and thanks Hon. Kurfi and wished him success in all his endeavors – especially at the 2019 coming up polls.