FUD to investigate kidney disease in Hadejia valley

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Federal University Dutse (FUD) says it will investigate rampant cases of kidney diseases in Hadejia valley through the National Research Fund.

This was disclosed by the Lead Research team, Dr. Muhammad Isa Auyo, Head of Department of Biological Sciences of the university in a statement issued to newsmen.

He the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) has released 36 million naira for the conduct of the research.

The study intends to investigate the prevalence of a gene called metallothionein which exposes people of Hadejia valley to kidney diseases.

The research also wants to find out the environmental toxins present in Hadejia Valley in the last 30 years as a result of the use of chemicals such as pesticides and herbicides which may have changed the ecosystem over the years.

The chemicals according to him may have affected the food chain especially crops, water and fish consumed by the people and may be responsible for the high prevalence of kidney diseases in the area.