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Dangote group has raised the bar in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) by bankrolling the rehabilitation of some sections of the Murtala Muhammed Specialists’ Hospital, Kano at the cost of N200 million.
The N7 billion Surgical and Diagnostic Centre (SDC) currently under construction, is a 900-bed capacity hospital, reputed for highest number of in-patients in sub-Saharan Africa.
Part of the sections delivered include the maternity ward, two ultra-modern maternity laboratories, upgraded water supply system Eclampsia ward, theatre and improved sanitary environment befitting of a specialist hospital.
Handing over the sections to the hospital management recently, 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 stated that 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.
In his remarks, the State governor, represented by 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.
While encouraging other well to do Nigerians to emulate the gesture, he urged them to partner with the state government in its efforts at making life more meaningful to the people saying government alone could not provide all that the people need.
The Governor, called on the staff of the hospital to make judicious use of the facilities and maintain them like their personal property so that they can serve the people for a long time
Earlier in his address, the state Commissioner for Health, Kabiru Getso said the Murtala Mohammed Specialist hospital Kano, was established about 92 years ago and is one of the biggest facility in Africa; with the maternity ward alone recording no fewer than 2, 000 deliveries monthly.
In an interview, the 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 discouraging.