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FG Approves Tertiary Military Hospital For Sokoto | The Precision

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GOC of Nigerian Army’s 8 Div, Sokoto, Brig-Gen SO Olabanji presenting
a plaque to Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal to commemorate the take off
of the new division during a visit to Sokoto Government House…recently
Governor
of Sokoto state, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has commended the Nigerian Army for the
establishment of a tertiary military hospital in Sokoto that will serve
as centre of excellence for diseases of military importance.

A statement issued Tuesday
in Sokoto by Tambuwal’s spokesman, Malam Imam Imam, said the hospital,
the first of its kind in the country, will also serve as a research
institution with a United Nations’-grade international public health
laboratory.
It said already, the government has
provided space at the Murtala Muhammed Specialist Hospital for
temporary use by the hospital pending when work on its permanent site is
executed.      
The statement quoted Tambuwal
as saying that some states have applied to be given the right to host
the facility, but Sokoto emerged the preferred destination. 
He
added: “First of all, I want to inform the people of Sokoto state that
our efforts in attracting important projects from within and outside the
country has continued to yield positive results.
“This
hospital is of great importance not just to the military but to our
people as a whole. Diseases of military importance are areas of concern
globally because of the large population of people that can be infected
after outbreaks.


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“Such diseases are subject of
importance in efforts to counter bioterrorism and bio-weapons by
aggressor nations. These infectious diseases include among others dengue
fever, ebola, lassa fever, anthrax among others.
“Having
a centre in Sokoto dedicated to countering these likely outbreaks is a
welcome development. We will support the hospital with facilities and
logistics to properly take off until it is fully on its feet,” he added.
The
statement said dispelled the notion that the government has permanently
handed over the Murtala Muhammed Specialist Hospital to the military.
“We
just sent a bill to the state House of Assembly to establish the
Murtala Muhammed Specialist Hospital as property of the state
government. Its position has not changed. The military will use the
facility pending when all facilities for the newly-established Nigerian
Army’s 8  Division, Sokoto, are fully ready,” the Governor added.

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