Aisha Buhari concludes cardiac mission in Nigeria

The Board Secretary, Aisha Buhari Foundation, Halima Buhari-Sheriff, flanked to the right by Prof. Oppido Guido of the Italian team and Dr. Victoria Ogala, Special Assistant on Health and Development Partners to the First Lady and to the left, Dr. Martin Abhulimhen of Jose foundation, UK and Dr. Rukayya Gurin, SSA to the President on Administration and Women Affairs, with the Italian surgical team for the Future Assured Cardiac Mission.

By JOY ADARA, Abuja –

The Future Assured Cardiac Mission convened by the First Lady of Nigeria, Dr. Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari has concluded its assignment. The First Lady convened the mission to conduct cardiac surgeries on underprivileged Nigerians suffering from cardiac diseases.

Speaking during a ceremony to mark the end of the Mission on Friday at the State House, Mrs. Buhari expressed appreciation to the foreign and local surgeons, the hospitals as well as the special team raised to facilitate the mission.

A statement issued on Saturday by The Director of Information to the First Lady of Nigeria, Suleiman Haruna, said Mrs. Buhari drew attention to the enormous pressure on the government to improve health outcomes and address killer diseases and noted the need for philanthropists to support the government by investing in the health sector. She said, there is a lot of room for well-to-do Nigerians to sponsor surgeries of this nature.

from left: Dr Iseko Iseko of Cardiocare Hospital, Dr. Rukayya Gurin, SSA to the President on Administration and Women Affairs, Dr. Felix Ogedengbe, CEO of Cedarcrest, Dr. Alex Ideh, Chairman of Federal Medical Centre, Abuja, Barr. Halima Buhari-Sheriff, Board Secretary, Aisha Buhari Foundation, Prof Oppido Guido, Head of the visiting Italian surgical team and Prof. Saad Ahmed, Chief Medical Director , FMC Abuja, at the valedictory event to mark the end of the Future Assured Cardiac Mission organized by the First Lady of Nigeria Dr. Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari.

She prayed for journey mercies for the Italian team and officials of Jose Foundation UK under the leadership of Dr. Martin Abhulimhen.

Earlier, the Chairman of the Board of Federal Medical Centre Jabi, Abuja, Dr. Alex Ideh, commended the First Lady for the example she has shown and the lives she has saved through the Future Assured Cardiac Mission.

He specifically commended her for the modern Heart and Lung Machine she procured for the hospital and said, his staff has gained tremendous experience. He called on Nigerian firms to help the health sector through their corporate social responsibility.

A cross-section of members of the surgical team from Italy.

Others who spoke at the occasion include the Chief Medical Directors of FMC Jabi, Cedarcrest Hospital, and Cardiocare, where the surgeries of twenty-two heart patients were conducted.

On his part, Professor Oppido Guido, leader of the Italian surgical team, was full of praise for the philanthropic service of the First Lady and the professionalism of the local surgical team. He reported that the surgeries took over 66 operating hours and 200 ICU hours; saying they will take many positive memories of Nigeria along with them.

The First Lady has supported complex surgeries for hundreds of underprivileged Nigerians through the Future Assured Programme.

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