The Chief Medical Director, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital ATBUTH Bauchi, Dr Yusuf Jibril, answering questions from journalists. Photo: Murtala Muhammad
By Murtala Muhammad
Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, ATBUTH Bauchi is conducting a research capable of diagnosing Sickle Cell Anemia from the womb of pregnant women to prevent the unborn child from getting the disease.
The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Yusuf Jibril who made this known in an interview with journalists in Bauchi said, the hospital is collaborating with some organizations towards achieving the set objective.
Dr Jibril said the core mandates of every teaching hospital in Nigeria were clinical service, training and research, hence the ATBUTH resolve to think outside the box to provide lasting solution that would bring ease to especially people with such genetic problem.
He argued that Sickle Cell Anemia was peculiar to Africa and there was no need for it to wait for the West to conduct such a research on its behalf.
On how long the research would take, the Chief Medical Director, said breakthrough researches take time, adding that as soon as it was concluded the findings would be made public.