Plateau signs MoU to revamp specialist hospital
• Fire Guts Maternity Complex In Kebbi
The Plateau State government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Hospital Assist Nigeria Limited to improve services provided by the Plateau Specialist Hospital.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Kuden Kamshak, said “One of the five policy thrusts of the Simon Lalong-led administration is to provide qualitative health services to the people of the state.”
He said the administration is determined to upgrade the Specialist Hospital and other state-owned hospitals. He said, when revamped, the hospital’s radiology department would offer 24 hours services at an affordable rate to all citizens of the state. He said though N850 million would be expended on the revamp, government would only contribute 30 per cent of the funds.
Chief Executive Officer, Hospital Assist Nigeria Ltd, Dr. Wale Alabi, thanked the state government for the agreement, pledging to deliver in six months.Lalong, who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the State, Rufus Bature, said health is wealth and the state could not be left behind in quality health services.
Meanwhile, the newly constructed maternity complex in Arugungu General Hospital, Kebbi State, waiting to be commissioned next month, has been gutted by fire.
An eyewitness, who spoke to newsmen, yesterday, said the incident, which occurred on Friday night, destroyed property worth millions of naira. He said the cause of the inferno remained unknown.
According to a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Abubakar Muazu Dakingari, a committee has been set up to investigate the cause. The governor, who visited the scene, warned government officials against negligence and lack of concern towards property entrusted in their care.
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