From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano
Kano state government is partnering Varian Medicals and Italian-based Team Engineering for provision of equipments and construction of the proposed Kano Cancer Centre which would be managed under Public Private Partnership (PPP).
The AUTHORITY reports that Varian Medicals remains one of the only two companies in the world that produce best cancer treatment equipments.
Speaking while receiving stakeholders of the two Firms in Government House, the state Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje reiterated his commitment towards quality health care delivery in the state.
He, however, directed that the just awarded contract for the establishment of Cancer Centre in Kano should collaborate with Varian Medicals, a company recognised globally for excelling in producing cancer machines.
Varian Medicals specialises in producing cancer equipments, while Team Engineering, an Italian construction company, specialises in the construction of cancer facilities across the globe.
“Our interest for quality cancer management and treatment is what informed our decision to put this all-important project in place. After my visit to the Cancer Centre in Australia, I then found it extremely necessary to have similar thing in place, back home,” Ganduje stated.
He added that, “we want to start on a sound footing and towards a right step. That is why we are partnering with one of the only two global companies to make this dream becomes a reality.
“Being a specialised project, highly technical partners are needed. You know the building is not like the kind of building we know. This one needs some specialist engagement. We want every inch of the project to be technically sound. This is what informed our partnership with global partners, who excel in the area.”
Ganduje further stated that, “the Centre will also be under Public Private Partnership (PPP), just like our two Kano Ultra Modern Specialist Hospitals—Muhammadu Buhari Specialist hospital in Giginyu and Sheikh Khalifa Isyaka Rabi’u Paediatric hospital in Zoo Road.
“We want to have a strike-free Centre so that our services can be effectively offered to the populace without hindrance,” just as he urged those saddled with the responsibility of running the facility to make sure that they employ best brains when the Centre kicks-off.
In his remarks, the state Commissioner of Health, Dr. Kabiru Ibrahim Getso regretted that, “it is sad to note that statistics have shown that 10 people die from cancer hourly; a situation which is needless.
“So, the coming up of this world class cancer centre is timely and necessary. That is why His Excellency, our able Governor find it necessary to get a team of experts to see to the establishment of this Centre, of world standard.
“The establishment of the Centre would go a long way to addressing problems of cancer treatment in the Kano and other neighbouring states; including other neighbouring countries like Niger Republic.”
The project according to him is a monumental edifice, that is aimed at improving quality health care delivery system in the state, adding that, “as the companies responsible for the construction of the facility are doing their best, the supervision of the gigantic project is on the shoulders of the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport and the Ministry of Health.”
Getso assured that looking at the best selection of the companies handling the project and the commitment of the supervising ministries, “it is going to be constructed according to specifications.
“This is part of the Governor’s efforts in bringing succour to the poor. He dearly believes in the health of his people and the society at large.”
In his brief comments, the Chairman of the Governing Board of Kano Ultra Modern Specialist Hospitals (KUSH), Dr. Aminu Garba Magashi, after thanking Ganduje for his continued support for the health sector, expressed hope that the Centre would take care of cancer cases not only in Nigeria, but across the nations of the Economic Communities for West African States (ECOWAS).
He also commended Ganduje for his commitment and attention towards the health sector, emphasising that, “our able Governor deserves another round of four years for him to continue with the good things he is doing. He needs to be supported so that projects like this will see the light of the day.”