Byy Muhammad Nasir, Sokoto.
The Sokoto State Government says that the Sokoto State University Teaching Hospital is expected to start full operation from January 2023.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Ali Inname, made this known in Sokoto on Wednesday during an inspection of the facility.
Inname said that the state government had concluded plans to equip the newly-established facility.
He said that the action was part of government’s commitment to the commencement of full operations by the hospital.
“As you are aware, the state government, some months ago, approved about N12 billion for the teaching hospital’s equipment.
“Now as you can see, the equipment contractors are on ground to begin the work with immediate effect.
“That is why we are here. As you know, the facility is very large; so we cannot commence the full installation but we’ve selected some structures to start with,” he said.
The commissioner said that part of the inspection was to harmonise strategies with the contractors to fast-track the work.
Inname listed some of priority strucures as mother-child clinic, maternity clinic, women and children clinic and Very Important Personality wards.
In his remarks, the Chairman of Samir Hani Group, Mr Samir Hani, assured that the equipment installation would start immediately.
Hani appreciated the state for choosing the company for the project, saying that the contract was in line with activities of the government since 1981.
Earlier, the construction company’s manager, Alhaji Kabiru Mahmud, said that the project had reached 70-per-cent completion stage.
Mahmud gave assurance that all the structures needed for equipment installation would be completed as soon as possible.