The National Water Resources Institute, Kaduna, has agreed to collaborate with the Federal University, Gashua in Yobe State, to end recurrent kidney disease, which has claimed so many lives in the past 30 years in Gashua.
Speaking during a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor, Professor Andrew Haruna, the initiator of the research work, Professor Maimuna Waziri, said some of the known environmental toxins were present in the water and irrigated vegetables samples in the locality in excess of the recommended safe limits.
She listed the environmental toxins as lead and cadmium that are associated with kidney disease, cardiovascular disease and impairment of brain development in children.
Professor Waziri said the aim of the research was to assess the level of heavy metal toxins in the environment and to establish a relationship between levels of the environmental pollutant and the burden of kidney diseases in the locality.
According to her, the kidney related disease was a serious matter, which has claimed so many lives in the last three decades in Gashua community.
She called on both the University and National Water Resources Institute to collaborate by way of carrying out research in the area to find a lasting solution to the problem.
“This issue has been my long term dream which I discussed with the NWRI and they have agreed to collaborate with us to end the over 3 decades problem that has bedevilled the Gashua community. All of us here are potential victims which require us to put hands on deck to solve the problem once and for all. To do that, we need all the necessary support and assistance from the University and NWRI,” she said.
A statement by the University’s head of Information Adamu Saleh, said the team leader from National Water Resources Institute, Dr. Omogbemi Omoloju Yaya, told the Vice Chancellor that the Institute was committed to support the research and would come up with a lasting solution to the issue of water related diseases in the community.
“We pray we have a permanent relationship with the University. We are committed at solving the problem,” he said.
On his part, the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University Gashua, Professor Andrew Haruna, commended Professor Maimuna Waziri, who is the initiator of the research, which is aimed at solving the over three decades problem and promised that the university would do its best to see that the research work succeeded.
“This university would do all we can to make sure that this collaboration is a reality. We are ready and committed to solve this problem that has over three years claimed so many lives in the community. Anything we can do to make your stay and research a success, we are ready to do it. I want you to help us by making our University great,” he said.