The Kebbi State Governor, Senator Abubakar Bagudu, has inaugurated the State Indigent Cancer Patient Fund, with N30 million naira.
The Governor’s Special Adviser on Media, Yahaya Sarki, in a statement said that Bagudu made the inauguration in Birnin Kebbi, the state’s Capital.
According to Governor Bagudu, he was delighted to present N20 million graciously appropriated by the State House of Assembly, in addition to the N10 million already provided.
While noting that, sixty-two cancer patients had since benefitted from the fund, Bugudu pledged to provide adequate money to the fund to function effectively, even as he urged the general public to donate generously to it.
The Governor explained that cancer was very catastrophic to the patients, and that, it ranks as one of the most formidable public health challenges, globally.
He said that, the Kebbi State fund was a product of compassion, painstaking work and commitment by his wife, Dr Zainab Bagudu and all the local, national and international stakeholders.
The Kebbi State Commissioner for Health, Jafar Mohammed appreciated both Governor Bagudu and his wife, Dr.Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu, for their relentless support and commitment to improving the health sector of the state.
Other key highlights of the program included fund raising, inauguration of the State Cancer Control Program Steering Committee by the Governor, graduation of Biomedical Engineering Trainees, as well as commissioning of Kebbi State Oncology Ward and Laboratory Unit performed by the Governor.
Among personalities and organisations who made donation to the fund were, Commissioners, Permanent Secretaries, Special Advisers, Members of the State House of Assembly, Local Government Chairmen, Agencies and Parastatals. Others were Bussiness men and Politicians.
Source: Voice of Nigeria