A team of researchers at the Federal University, Duste has received 36million naira research grant to investigate rampant cases of kidney diseases at Hadejia Valley.
Hadejia Valley stretches from Zakirai in Kano State to Nguru and Gashua in Yobe with the highest rate of kidney diseases in Nigeria.
The university’s Chief Information Officer Abdullahi Yahaya said in Dutse that the National Research Fund gave the grant through the Tertiary Education Trust Fund.
He added that the team would be led by Head of the Department of Biological Sciences at the university Muhammad Auyo.
Yahaya explained that the lead researcher picked interest in this research area after losing six friends and family members to kidney failure in Hadejia and that the title of the research is: “Rampant kidney diseases in Hadejia Valley, Yobe and Kano States: The Study of Environmental Toxins and Gene Polymorphism,’’.
He also stated that Auyo wants to find out whether there is the prevalence of a gene called melallothionine, which exposes the people of Hadejia Valley to kidney diseases.
The research also wants to find out toxins present in the Hadejia Valley in the last 30 years as a result of use of pesticides and herbicides which may have changed the ecosystem.