By Muhammad Hamisu Abdullahi
Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has awarded contract worth N159 million for the construction of an ultra modern community medicine complex at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH) in Kano metropolis.
Conducting the contractor round the project site, the state Commissioner of Health, Dr. Kabiru Ibrahim Getso, said the idea for the project came up following the International Conference of Hazard of Heavy Metal in water, which took place at Tahir Guest Palace, Kano last year.
The commissioner said during the event, Governor Ganduje pledged to build a complex which will serve as advance occupational center and environmental health research and training.
Dr. Getso explained that when completed, the center would comprise of a reception, director’s suite, conference room, a laboratory, seven offices for staff, kitchenette and toilets
He added that the complex would also have departmental block/school of public health and community medicine with more than 30 offices.
This is in addition to six units, seminar rooms, class rooms, museum and ICT laboratory.
According to him, the center is the second to be established in the country after the one in Zamfara State, which has been dormant at present.
In their separate remarks, the representative of the Chief Medical Director and Deputy Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee of Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Associate Professor Auwalu Umar Gajida and the head of Department of Community Medicine, Professor Muhammad Lawan Umar, expressed delight to the governor for fulfilling the promise.
They also commended the health commissioner, who is also a staff of the Department of Community Medicine, for the laudable achievement recorded in the health sector by the state government.
The contractor was given 16 weeks to complete the project.
This information is contained in a statement from the Assistant Director Information of Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Hajiya Hauwa Muhammad Abdullahi.