Governor Abdullahi Ganduje yesterday received six patients with intersex problems sponsored by the Kano State government to undergo surgery at the Tetfund Centre of Excellence in Urology and Nephrology, Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto.
The patients, who were successfully treated, were received by the governor during the State’s Executive Council meeting yesterday in Kano. The State government had earlier sponsored the surgery of one person, which was also done successfully.
An intersex is a group of conditions where there is a discrepancy between the external and internal genitals of a person.
Ganduje said that the State government would continue to fish outpatients and assist them to overcome their conditions. According to him, his government would institutionalise such gesture while embarking on a plan to establish a similar centre of excellence in the State.
The Commissioner of Health, Dr. Aminu Tsanyawa said the patients possessed both female and male characteristics.
According to him, such children face discrimination because their bodies do not conform to other people’s expectations about sex and gender.
He pleaded with the governor to approve the establishment of such a centre in the State.
The father of one of the patients, Aliyu Yusuf, commended the State government for the assistance, saying his child of 14 years had never urinated through his male organ until after the surgery.