New Emirates: Ganduje approves N2.5bn for hospitals construction, N4.2bn for cancer centre upgrading
By Abdulyassar Abdulhamid
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state has approved the sum of N2, 543, 819, 588.67 billion for the construction and upgrading works of health care facilities at the four new emirates of Gaya, Bichi, Rano and Karaye.
The projects to be captured include accident and emergency wards, provision of 22 medical wards, eye centres, dental clinics, laboratory units, mortuary blocks, construction of road networks, landscaping, overhead tanks, boreholes, among others.
The approval involves renovation works of four health facilities at the headquarters of the four new emirate, zonal offices, pediatric wards, accident and emergency units, new laboratories, male and female wards, maternity blocks, pharmacies, X-ray, catering departments and theater blocks, among others.
Some of the hospitals to be upgraded are the existing hospitals at the headquarters of the new emirates.
The purpose of the projects is to reduce migration to the city for medical purposes, the Commissioner for Information and Internal Affairs, Malam Muhammadu Garba, disclosed during a press briefing on Monday.
Garba said: “Some of the hospitals to be upgraded are the existing hospitals at the emirates. Some of the them have 100 plus bed spaces and some with less. They are going to be upgraded to the standard, 400-bed capacity hospitals. It will reduce migration from rural areas to the city for medical purposes.”
However, the governor approved the sum of N4, 238, 855, 671.91 billion with billion for the equipping and furnishing of the on-going multi-million cancer centre at Muhammadu Buhari General Hospital, Giginyu.
The commissioner said the construction of the centre is with view to the general improvement of healthcare delivery in the state.
Some of the equipment to be provided include leaner accelerators, CT SIM wide bore, Treatment Planing Eclipse, Mobilization Accessories, EM, Brachytherapy Applicators (set), Aria EMR, 750 KVA Generator, 500 KVA Generator, 160 KVA Generator, among others.
Muhammadu Garba said: “The approval is necessary to allow the contractors to come onto the stage for the installation of the equipment.”
Furthermore, the governor approved the sum of N165 million for the establishment of Girls Science and Technical College Boarding at Ganduje, Dawakin Tofa Local Government Area, as well as N30 million for the hosting of first session of the Nigerian Youth Parliament.
According to the commissioner, the governor is very committed to youth development in the state and the country in general.
He added: “Governor Ganduje has invested so much in youth development, as his administration empowered thousands on youth.
“The governor has been at the forefront of campaigns in support of youth development not only in Kano State, but also the country in general.”