By Mukhtar Yahya Usman
Kano state government has awarded a N2.4 billion contract for construction of cancer center at the Muhammadu Buhari Specialist Hospital.
The contract is awarde to Bico Nigeria limited, owned by Abubakar Kabir, APC candidate for Bichi federal constituency in the forthcoming 2019 election.
The center is said to be the first of its kind in any public hospital in Nigeria.
The project is coming on the heels of a visit to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Center, Melbourne, Australia, one of the world’s leading cancer research, education and treatment centers, by Gov. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje recently.
Speaking when he inspected the proposed project site, Ganduje said that the centre “would join the league of the MacCallum Center, as one of the few cancer treatment facilities in the world which has a fully integrated clinical and laboratory program flanking a hospital”.
He said Kano state has the highest number of cancer patients in Nigeria due to its high population.
Ganduje said the center will save the lives of cancer patients in Kano as they are currently forced to go to Abuja or even further afield for treatment.
“With this center at Muhammadu Buhari Specialist Hospital, patients can get specialized and cheap cancer diagnosis and treatment, in line with WHO recommendation,” he added.
In his remarks, Abubakar Kabir, the Chief Executive officer of Bico Nigera Limited, and APC candidate for Bichi federal constituency said the work would be carried out in collaboration with a multinational firm, Varian Medical Systems.
He added that the project would be completed within 36 weeks from the date of foundation laying.
“Already our three foreign consultants are coming next week so from the day we mobilize to site, it will take us not more than 36 weeks to complete the work.
“This is a big project that will create at least 150 jobs for medical and allied professionals,” he said.
Recent statistics released by WHO indicate that over 100, 000 Nigerians are diagnosed with cancer annually, and about 80, 000 die from the disease, averaging 240 daily or 10 Nigerians hourly, dying from cancer.
Medical experts say that the Nigerian cancer ratio of 4 in 5 is one of the worst in the world.
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