Specialist Raises Concern Over Risk of Cancer in Niger Delta Region

KIDNEY specialist, Dr. Udeme Ekrikpo of the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, UUTH, has raised concerns over the growing cases of kidney failure in oil-producing communities of Niger Delta region, saying one in every three persons residing in any oil-producing community is a potential kidney disease patient.

He disclosed that many people residing in areas where oil exploration and oil spills occurred have died in the University Teaching Hospital from kidney disease in recent times. He, however, expressed joy that in its bid to reduce the growing cases of kidney failure in the state, Akwa Ibom State Government has provided drugs for the treatment of patients with renal diseases.

Ekrikpo made the disclosure at a workshop with theme The Impact of Oil Exploration Activities in the Ecosystem by Oil and Gas Firms in the Niger Delta, to mark the 2017 week of the Correspondents’ Chapel of Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ. Ekprikpo, said researches had proved that gas flaring and oil spills were largely responsible for kidney failure, which informed his decision to make an appeal to Governor Udom Emma-nuel, who intervened by providing drugs.