Dangote Foundation Builds Largest Hospital In Africa. The Foundation is currently building a N7 billion Surgical and Diagnostic Centre at the hospital in Kano. In a move aimed at improving Nigeria’s health indices and as part of its humanitarian activities, the Dangote Foundation has continued to invest in critical segments of healthcare value chain that benefits the underserved.
To complement its N7 billion Surgical and Diagnostic Centre (SDC) currently under construction, the Dangote Foundation has concluded the renovations of some sections of the Murtala Muhammed Specialists’ Hospital, Kano which gulped over N200 million.
The 900 bed capacity hospital, reputed for highest number of in-patients in sub-Saharan Africa 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 is currently building a N7 billion Surgical and Diagnostic Centre at the hospital in Kano. 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.
Also, recently, the Foundation has partnered with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the governments Kano and Yobe states.
The aim is to boost primary health care delivery in the two states. The signing of the agreement which was witnessed by a large collection of major stakeholders various countries, was a follow up to earlier agreement entered into by the two Foundations and governments of the two states.
Under the new agreement, the management of the Foundations will be partnering governments of each of the two states to float a funding basket to be used in financing Primary Health Care Delivery in rural areas of the two states.
Each of the two Foundations is contributing 40 percent of the Funds into the new Basket, to be put in place under the agreement in each of the two states, while, the governments of each of the states are to individually contribute the remaining 20 percent.
President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote Alhaji Dangote, a renowned philanthropist, noted that the aim of providing such amenities was not to foster a competitive status of “best in class”, but was in fulfilment of its social responsibility to the Nigerian public.
“It is not just about building a best in class medical facility in Kano state; it is about fulfilling our commitment to sustainably improving the health and well-being of Nigerians. We believe that every Nigerian has a right to quality healthcare, we also believe that it is our collective duty to rally our resources to improve health infrastructure, support the development of health care professionals and improve preventive health measures in Nigeria.”
Also, the executive director of the Foundation, 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.
She stated that his 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 organizations to rise up and partner with the state government aimed at making life more meaningful to the people saying government alone could not provide all that the people need.
The Deputy Governor then 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
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.
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 and this delays results especially for patients in emergency cases.”
The Matron in charge of Maternity ward, Hauwa Mansur Waziri, who also spoke on the pitiable situation of the hospital before the Dangote Foundation’s intervention, said the new facilities will go a long way in improving services and saving more lives.
“There is no doubt that our staff will now be motivated by the conducive environment made possible by the Foundation. They can now perform their duties free of so many hazards. The wards now have bright light, functional tools, water and toilets. All these would enhance condition of patients and help healing process.”
The industrialist’s track record portrays a passion for philanthropic gestures towards the Nigerian public. According to reports, its Foundation is responsible for contributing over $100 million in charitable funds to several causes in Nigeria and Africa over the past four years. The primary aim of the foundation is to reduce the number of lives lost due to malnutrition and disease.
Dangote is also a major contributor to educational growth courses, providing scholarships to students in all levels of the educational strata, while also offering grants to universities to facilitate research ventures.