On the 07/06/2016, one Isah mohammed popularly called Amir, followed his mother and Dan Majen Kano to the office of the Chief of Staff to palace of the Emir of Kano, Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, for assistance.
The visit was in relation to an eye condition the young boy developed. The disease was diagnosed as Retinoblastoma (a rare cancer of the eye).
Amir was taken to Barau Dikko Hospital where he was admitted in the accident and emergency ward for emergency medical attention.
Various tests were conducted and the hospital, having inadequate facilities to render the much needed medical care, referred him to Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Shika.
On reaching hmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, it was discovered that doctors had embarked on a strike as a result no one was on ground to attend to him.
Without hesitation, the Chief of Staff reached out to the Chief Medical Director; Prof. Khalid and solicited for his assistance and promised that the Kaduna State Government is ready to settle his entire medical bills.
On manifestation of the disease some years back, Amir had had his right eye removed and had been admitted at Shika.
A well-documented medical record of his’ were found, this made the process a lot easier. Again, tests were carried out in the hospital’s Hematology/Oncology unit.
On the 15th of June, 2016, the hospital wrote “The radiation facilities available at Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital are not focused for children of his age”.
The letter went ahead to state that Amir will need specialized care including resistant testing, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
The hospital recommended that the child be taken abroad to enable him access care for his condition.
With this report of prognosis, St Jude Children’s research Hospital, Minnesota, USA were contacted through a Lagos based NGO; CEDIO FREE RURAL MEDICAL OUTREACH.
The NGO had been introduced to Kaduna State Government by Amir’s family as they had for a while been working with the family to assist in finding medical care for Amir outside the country.
On the 16th of June, 2016, the various reports and pictures were sent to the NGO for onward communication to St Jude as part of efforts to establish if the hospital is still willing to take Amir’s case.
Through the independent effort of the Government, another hospital; MEDANTA HOSPITAL, INDIA, had been sent Amir’s medical report so as to establish another option for the child.
Both responses are being awaited.