Kano State government has awarded a N2.4 billion contract for the construction of a state-of-the-art centre for the treatment of cancer at the Muhammadu Buhari Specialists Hospital Kano.
The centre would be the first of its kind in any public hospital in Nigeria and is expected to improve access to cancer treatment in the country.
Nigeria currently has only nine cancer centres, six of which are said to be not functioning.
The contract award was announced in a statement signed by Malam Abba Anwar, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, and made available to newsmen yesterday in Kano.
Ganduje had visited the proposed project site, which he said would be supervised by consultants from Varian Medicals, a radiation oncology treatment and software maker with a view to ensuring that it meets international standard.
“It is envisioned that our proposed cancer centre would join the league of the MacCallum Centre as one of the few cancer treatment facilities in the world, which has a fully integrated clinical and lab programme flanking a hospital.
“High-intensity radiation treatment is involved if the detected cancer is in the advanced stage (depending on the type of cancer). That is why we planned to construct radiation bunkers among other specialised infrastructure we are putting in here.
“My administration was deeply concerned about the growing number of cancer patients, including the sad fact that many of them cannot access effective treatment, hence suffering and dying.
“We have a large population in Kano , it implies that the incidence of cancer in the state will be higher than most states in the country,” he added.
According to the governor, the closest place cancer patients from Kano can get treatment is Abuja, adding that the new center will allow patients get specialised and cheap cancer diagnosis and treatment in line with WHO recommendations.
In his remarks, the chief executive officer of the company handling the project, Mr Abubakar Kabir, stated that the work would be carried out in collaboration with a multinational firm, Varian Medicals, within 36 weeks.
Examining Implementation Of Child Rights Convention
By November 20th this year, the convention on the rights of the child (CRC), will be 30 years since it...
Chronicling 8th Senate’s Efforts In Education Sector
As the current Senate winds down in a matter of days, BODE GBADEBO writes on the legislative interventions of the...
Awaiting S’Court Verdict On Zamfara APC
The long standing legal battle over the conduct of APC primaries or otherwise in Zamfara State will end tomorrow as...
Nigeria To Halt N360bn Capital Flight In Aviation Sector
A new internationally licensed Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) that will end over N360 billion capital flight has been launched...
We Must Organise Mining Sector For Optimal Results– Mayere
Lawal Mayere is a retired permanent secretary in Kaduna State.He served in the ministries of land, works, solid minerals ,...
Combating Desertification In Sahel, Horn Of Africa
CHIKA OKEKE examines attempts by governments and stakeholders in the African region to protect its landmass from mind boggling desertification....
NEWS18 hours ago
INEC Withdraws 2 Certificate Of Return In Kaduna
FOOTBALL19 hours ago
Borussia Dortmund Complete Signing Of Thorgan Hazard
NEWS17 hours ago
Zamfara Assembly Creates Additional Emirate Council
NEWS18 hours ago
Indonesia Post-Election Protests Leave 6 Dead
AVIATION20 hours ago
Aviation Unions Shut Down NCAA Over New Organogram
BUSINESS19 hours ago
Huawei Faces Break With Key Chip Maker
NEWS15 hours ago
Anxiety In Ogun As RCCG Raids, Dump Destitutes In Abeokuta
NEWS17 hours ago
Court To Arraign Alison-Madueke On October 3