The facility is one of 12 hospitals the company plans to build in six geopolitical regions of the country. Consistent with the previously announced decision to diversify the medical business, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has begun construction of medical facilities worth R21 billion in Kadina State.
NAN reported that the construction plan for a 200-bed emergency and infectious disease hospital was announced in Kaita, Katsina state on Saturday. The facility is one of 12 hospitals the company plans to build in six geopolitical regions of the country. According to Group Managing Director (GMD) Mallam Mele Kyari, the project is scheduled to be completed within 18 months. The project is the foundation stone for the multi-billion-naira project held in Keita on Saturday.
“The initiative is intended to strengthen the country’s national health service delivery facilities to combat the devastating Covid-19 pandemic. “The Katsina state is among the 12 states selected for this humanitarian project to fight COVID-19 and other infectious diseases for the unborn generation. “We are doing this type of project in 12 states in the country’s six geopolitical zones and these projects were practically financed by the Nigerian Federal Government through the NNPC,” he said.
Kyari also added that the hospital, in cooperation with Total and other oil and gas companies operating in the country, is estimated to cost 21 billion Naira to serve patients in the Northwest. The hospital’s budget includes the construction of facilities, provision of medical facilities, logistics, and support for patients.
According to GMD, NNPC also donated a Toyota ambulance, 10,000 masks and a full ventilator kit to the Katsina state government to support its ongoing war with COVID-19.