Dangote Foundation rehabilitates Kano specialist hospital
The Murtala Muhammed Specialist Hospital was established about 92 years ago, and is one of the largest medical facilities in Africa.
The Dangote Foundation has spent a total of N200 million in the rehabilitation of sections of the Murtala Muhammed Specialist Hospital in Kano state, to compliment the N7 billion Surgical and Diagnostic Centre (SDC) under construction by the foundation.
Reputed for admitting the highest number of in-patient in sub-Saharan Africa, the 900-bed capacity hospital was plagued with infrastructural challenges that could undermine the efficiency of the new SDC if not rectified.
The Foundation chaired by Aliko Dangote, President and Chief Executive Officer of Dangote Group, said it is wholly committed to the timely execution of the project. Completed works handed over to the hospital management include a renovated maternity ward, two ultra-modern maternity laboratories, upgraded water supply system, an eclampsia ward, a surgical theatre and an improved sanitary environment suited to a specialist hospital.
Representing her father on behalf of the foundation at the handing over ceremony, Fatima Dangote – daughter of the foundation’s Chairman and an indigene of Kano state – said the provision of the SDC and the upgrade of the medical facility aligns with the foundations intent to facilitate improved health care delivery and nutrition in Nigeria and the African continent.
Kano state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, represented by his deputy, Hafis Abubakar, expressed appreciation to the Dangote Foundation for assisting the state in the provision of improved health care. He urged individuals and organisations to collaborate with state government to improve the quality of life of the populace. He also called on the hospital staff to maintain the judicious use of the new facilities.
The Murtala Muhammed Specialist Hospital in Kano, established about 92 years ago, is one of the largest medical facilities in Africa. Its maternity ward is recorded to have no fewer than 2,000 new born deliveries monthly.
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