Aisha Buhari laments challenges in cardiac care
The Wife of the President, Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, has lamented the wide gap in cardiac surgery and care in Nigeria.
She also made a case for an improved investment from the government and the private sector.
In a statement on Wednesday by Suleiman Haruna, Director of Information to the First Lady of Nigeria, Aisha spoke during a luncheon in honour of beneficiaries of the recent cardiac mission organised by the Aisha Buhari Foundation on Wednesday in Abuja.
Mrs Buhari called on the government to subsidise the high cost of cardiac interventions and spend more on personnel training and the procurement of equipment.
“A year ago, I conceived the idea of providing free heart surgeries and interventions to Nigerians in need of such care. Through my organization, the Aisha Buhari Foundation, we partnered with an international surgical team, the Federal Medical Centre, Jabi, Abuja, and other institutions to fulfil this dream,” she said.
She said the mission targeted the needy, especially those children with critical heart conditions, to give them hope for a fulfilled life, and seeing them fully recovered and revived to good health served as motivation to do more.
She lauded the medical personnel for their effort and sacrifices both during and after the mission.