Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano has approved the contract for the construction of a 52-bed amenity ward at the Muhammadu Buhari Specialist Hospital in the state capital.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the project, a one-storey building, will also consist of nurses’ quarters, offices, a restaurant and restrooms, among other facilities.
Inspecting the project site, the governor explained that the facility was to ensure maximum convenience for patients, especially for cancer patients from within and outside the state.
“The cancer center and the adjoining the amenity ward, will be linked by a passageway as part of our broad vision to provide world – class treatment of cancer in Kano,” the governor stated.
He explained that the project would be completed within the next 4 – 5 months and would enhance the status of the hospital, which has started setting the pace in terms of providing quality medical services.
“I am happy to note that this hospital has conducted the first brain surgery to be conducted by any state-owned hospital in this part of the country. The hospital also conducted a successful but complicated spinal surgery on one patient and this is just the beginning,” he stated.
Speaking on the cancer center, Mr Ganduje stated that contract for the project had also been awarded, adding that the work would commence next week.
He said: “The project was conceived as a result of my visit to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Center in Australia, one of the world’s leading cancer research, education and treatment centers.”
He said his administration decided to have a cancer center modeled after the Australian cancer center in terms of capacity, in view of the number of cancer patients in this part of the country who cannot get affordable and qualitative medical services.
“Already, we have an Italian engineer who is here to supervise the construction of the two radiation bunkers.
“The project starts next week as you can see that some of the heavy plants for the project have been mobilized to the site,” Mr Ganduje said.