An NGO, PMB Daniel Memorial Foundation says it will build a 200-bed capacity hospital to cater for the less-privileged, restitutes and children under five years in Zaria, Kaduna State.
The foundation disclosed this when its members paid a courtesy visit on the Emir of Zazzau, Dr Shehu Idris, in his palace in Zaria, on Monday.
Speaking on behalf of the foundation, the leaders of the delegation, Mrs Ishinat Rafatu and Mr Abdulqadir Bala-Isa, said the essence of establishing the hospital was to cater for the health needs of indigent citizens.
They said while the hospital provides medical services to the public, a College of Health Technology would also be established for the training of hospital’s medical and health personnel.
The leaders described the proposal as path to producing qualified medical and health personnel for improved healthcare services not only to the people of Zaria and the entire Zazzau Emirate, but also the entire state and beyond.
They appreciated the warm reception accorded them by the Emir, assuring that the NGO would ever remain grateful to the gigantic efforts of the monarch towards the actualisation of the hospital.
They said the essence of the visit was to seek royal blessing, support and approval of the first class traditional ruler to extend a helping hand to the less-privileged in his domain.
According to them, the NGO had visited Gambo Sawaba Hospital where they settled hospital bills for some less-privileged patients, donated food items, toiletries and other basic needs of patients.
Responding, the Emir, who spoke through the Chiroman Shantalin Zazzau, Alhaji Sani Ladan, thanked the foundation for the visit and their efforts to assist the less-privileged in the society.
He promised to write a special letter of commendation to the founder of the foundation, saying that the effort was the first of its kind in the history of the emirate.
The foundation also visited the Chairman, Zaria Local Government Council, Alhaji Aliyu Idris-Ibrahim, to thank the council for donating land for the construction of the hospital and school.
Receiving the leaders of the NGO, the Chairman, who was represented by his deputy, Imam Aliyu At-Tukuri, urged others to emulate the group in giving hope to the less privileged. (NAN)
Edited by Saidu Adamu/Muhammad Suleiman Tola