Isa: A Silent Prayer For Adamawa’s ‘Famous’ Patient

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Not even the wisest of soothsayers will have predicted the fame and attention Isa Hamman, Adamawa’s ‘famous’ kidney failure patient would have gained within such a short period of time. That’s what politics does to people and entities – free attention.

These and many more reasons has made me put off politics right from my late teenage years,  even though I was born into a big political family, but political attention, negative or positive, is something a despise, alot.

I stumbled on the story of Isa on Facebook a few weeks ago, and I felt pity for the boy and offered a silent prayer for him. Then, I felt the boy needs all the attention he could get, so I applauded the social media buffs making his issues a round the clock trend post online. Right now, I dont feel the same.

A few days ago, I realised that this issue of Isa and his ailment is not going away here in Adamawa just like other social media trends have come and gone,  because it has taken a political undertone.

As someone who is in the medical line and an indigene of Adamawa State, I developed a subconscious interest in Isa’s case without even realising it. I wake up every morning searching for updates in his situation on social network and news outlets. Sadly, all I read on social networks are political criticisms and inbalance attacks on the govt and some personalities – no objective and true report of what is really happening to the boy in Kano, where he was transferred for a transplant.

It’s either the governor has refused to release the N5m donation, or no doctor is attending to him,  or a woman, only God knows who has refuse to give him and the family food. All from folks who sit in the comfort of their houses,  with no access to the real situation of the patient.

That was why I decided to put up a call to one of my old doctor friends in Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital to inquire about the situation of the boy. My doctor friend (name withheld) who happens to work in a different department asked for a moment to go find out the real situation from the doctors involved with Isa’s case. The feedback was staggering.

According to my reliable doctor friend, who spoke to the teaching hospital’s Chief Medical Director, Prof Aminu Zakari; the Nephrologist on Isa’s case,  Dr Aliyu Audu and the matron in charge of his dialysis, Hajiya Nana Hamma Dikko, who happens to be from Adamawa State too and they all gave a full report on his medical situation. Should anyone has doubt on what I am about to write, these people can be reached at AKTH in Kano.

It is true that Isa is in a critical medical condition and he is presently on oxygen support as I write this piece. It is also an established fact that kidney transplant is not a minor surgery, it’s a very serious operation and there is a reason AKTH is one of the best places for such operation.

There was a thorough investigation on the state of the patient after his transfer from Federal Medical Centre,  Yola, and he suffered a shoulder injury,  which causes a big swell in his shoulder that often hinders the flow of medication.

The patient, Isa, is suffering from infections and is therefore on antibiotics to get him well before a final investigation and then the surgery. This is the standard proceedure of any major surgery everywhere across the globe.

It has come to my knowledge that an antibiotic medication was prescribed for the patient, which was lackadaisically missed by Isa’s uncle which threw the patient into a worsen condition. And it was the lady that was slayed so much by the social media enthusiasts in Adamawa, was the one who mobilised over 10 doctors to Isa’s bedside after his uncle reached out to her in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Nobody thanked her for that human and kind gesture. All she gets are criticisms and counter criticisms.
With all the online fuss about Isa, one will be forgiven to assume a good delegation of this new media trenders will have made an effort, no matter how small to find out about the true situation of one of their own. But none did, not one person cared to follow up on his medical progress in Kano.

That keeps me wondering on how and where they get the chunk of information they post on the ‘famous’ Isa health condition on Facebook and other social networks.

This is not the time to play politics, this is the time to make the right decision as our brother Isa faces the biggest test of his life.

We can sit in the comfort of our homes and offer a silent pray for the speedy recovery of our brother Isa, or we can use the social media to propagate the true medical condition of the patient and wish him well, or we can choose to lie and say bad things about his health all in the name of politics. The choice is ours.

But as we choose a path on Isa’s health issues, we should always remember every man will account for his utterances and actions someday, if not before man, then before Allah. May Allah give us the understanding to be on the righteous path.

I rest my case.

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