The unprofessional attitude of a medical doctor, Hassan Yakubul in Yola landed him in police custody when he operated and removed a patient’s kidney, thinking it was a tumor.
Isa Hamman, a 23-year old herdsman whose kidney was removed is from Fufore Local Government in Adamawa state. He had a surgery conducted on him by a doctor at a private clinic in Yola, Adamawa State.
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However, the Commissioner for Health in Adamawa, Dr. Fatima Atiku, told newsmen on Monday, September 19, that Hamman was responding to treatment after he was referred to Malam Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano. Atiku said:
“Available reports show that Isa Hamman’s condition is stable, and he is responding to treatment, while clinical examinations are still ongoing.”
According to her, the incident has attracted the attention of Adamawa State Governor, Muhammadu Bindow who personally intervened and took Hamman to the hospital where his kidney transplant would be conducted soon. It was also reported that a man, who promised to donate one of his kidneys to the victim, accompanied him to Kano for the transplant.
The governor was alleged to have donated N5 million for the treatment of the victim. This act of kindness by the state governor was also demoralized by some critics who said the patient was taken to Kano hospital “just to die.” But the commissioner defended the act quote,
“This publication is not only false but a figment of the thinking of the writer aimed at tarnishing the image of the Adamawa State Government. It is also intended to spoil the good relationship between the patient’s family and the government.”
A committee constituted by the ministry of health that investigated the incident described the doctor’s unscrupulous act as unprofessional. But investigations are yet to confirm if the doctor’s true intention was to steal the herdsman’s kidney or a just mistaken identity as he claimed.
Meanwhile, the command’s spokesman, Othman Abubakar, who confirmed the arrest said the doctor was interrogated by officers of the criminal investigations department of the command, to determine if it a case of kidney theft.