Kano state government has purchased N2.8 billion high-tech equipment for its newly constructed Giginyu Specialist Hospital in the state capital.
The equipment includes a 1. 5 Tesla Magnetic Resonance Imaging, MRI machine, purchased at the cost of about N500 million, first of a kind to be installed in any public hospital in Nigeria.
Salihu Yakasai, the spokesman to Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, said on Sunday that the machine is a non-invasive imaging technology often used for disease detection, diagnosis, and treatment monitoring. It is globally accepted that today, the standard for MRI in a clinical setting is a 1.5 Tesla (Magnetic field strength) facility.
The governor, while speaking during a visit to monitor installation of the appliances, said his administration decided to invest in the project to reduce the medical tourism and its impact on the society.
“We are so committed to making our health sector strong, to reduce medical tourism and to save human lives. With these facilities, people do not have to travel aboard for treatment,” he said.
Mr Ganduje said when the hospital commences operation, it will serve both rich and poor Nigerians, adding that medical personnel to be deployed to the place would undergo training to ensure efficient management of the equipment.
“The medical personnel who will work here must be trained and fully committed so that the investment we are making here will last for a long time,” he said.
Commissioner of health in the state, Kabiru Getso, while conducting the governor round, explained that installation of the facilities would be completed within the next few weeks, adding that some professional expatriates have been engaged to train local health workers on how to handle the special the equipment.
“With the facilities installed here, even doctors from teaching hospitals in this part of the country can benefit in terms training and research,” the commissioner said.
The statement said appliances being installed at the Giginyu hospital include CT scan machine, digital X-Ray machine, mammography machine, fluoroscopy machine, ultra sound HD machine, dialysis equipment and intensive care unit digital beds among others.
The governor also inspected newly purchased and installed multi-million blending plant and storage facility at the state Agricultural Supply Company, KASCO, where he urged employees of the company to sustain their zeal.