The immediate past Ganduje administration in Kano state has said that Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf was misinformed about the purported sale of the building housing the relocated Hasiya Bayero Paediatric Hospital in the city.
The former commissioner for Information and Internal Affairs in the administration, Malam Muhammad Garba made this known in a statement on Monday evening.
Garba said hospital services at the facility were temporarily suspended following its relocation after the completion of Khalifa Sheikh Isyaka Rabiu Paediatric Hospital, along Zoo Road in the Kano metropolis.
He noted that the hospital was one of the abandoned facilities inherited by Ganduje’s administration.
He said the new pediatric hospital which has more bed spaces is now providing better quality services in addition to serving as a training center as well as research purposes.
The former spokesperson pointed out that the old Hasiya Bayero was proposed to be converted into a Malnutrition Treatment Center that would serve as a referral center for the treatment of malnutrition.
Garba also stated that in addition, a factory for manufacturing Ready-to-Use-Therapeutic Foods (RUTF) for the treatment of malnutrition at the center was proposed as well as all other health facilities across the state.
He disclosed that a Technical Committee was inaugurated by the Ganduje administration to oversee the conversion process and had even undertaken a study tour of a similar facility at Maradi in the Niger Republic with a view to setting up a befitting center.
He added that from available records, up to the 29th of May, this year, the facility was not sold to any individual or organization and it remains the property of the Kano State Government.