Dangote Foundation has committed N200 million to the renovation of some sections of Murtala Muhammed Specialists’ Hospital in Kano, to complement its N7 billion Surgical and Diagnostic Centre (SDC) currently under construction.
The 900-bed capacity hospital has been lacking facilities that may detract from the new SDC being built by the foundation, hence the decision to carry out the construction and renovation of the auxiliary facilities. The foundation handed over to the hospital management a renovated maternity ward, two ultra-modern maternity laboratories, upgraded water supply system Eclampsia ward, theatre and improved sanitary environment befitting of a specialist hospital.
Alhaji Aliko Dangote
President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, who was represented by his daughter, Hajiya Fatima Dangote, explained that the provision of the health care facilities was in line with the focus of the foundation to contribute to improved health care service delivery in Nigeria as well as nutrition on the African continent. He said the foundation has mandate to intervene in the critical areas such as health, education and human development, which was why the Foundation has also embarked on some poverty alleviation programmes targeted at women at the grassroots.
Kano State Governor, who was represented by his deputy, Hafis Abubakar, expressed the state’s gratitude to Dangote Foundation for coming to the aid of the state in the task of provision of sound health care to the people of the state. He urged other public spirited individual and organisations to rise up and partner with the state government to make life more meaningful to the people, adding that government alone could not provide all that the people need.
Head of medical laboratory of the hospital, Magaji Minjibir, said the intervention by Dangote Foundation was timely, because the state of the hospital has been appalling. According to him, the hospital’s laboratory has suffered congestion and the hospital generally bedeviled with many infrastructural challenges. “At the chemical pathology, we had to wait for our equipment to cool down before we process results. The Histology Department had to stop work temporarily. Our authoclave is about 15 years old and outdated. We have only one microscope and this cannot cater for our teaming patients while lab staff take turns to perform tests,” Minjibir stated.