The Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Bello Masari, said yesterday that the proposed Katsina Teaching Hospital would be ready in the next two to three years.
This means the state-owned Umaru Musa Yar’adua University, Katsina, will be ready to meet the re-requisite for the establishment of faculty of medicine when its prospective medical students will be ready for clinical studies.
The university had wanted to start faculty of medicine last year and use the Federal Medical Centre in Katsina as its teaching hospital but the plan did not receive the endorsement of Federal Ministry of Health, so the proposal was postponed until the state government can establish its teaching hospital.
Following the public presentation on the proposed Katsina Teaching Hospital yesterday in Katsina, Governor Masari said in less than three years based on the preliminary estimates presented to the government and key stakeholders in the state by the project resource persons.
“The direction of our administration is to involve the people, engage the people and have inputs from the people. We want the people of Katsina State to claim ownership what we are doing; we want to have projects that have ownership beyond the government of today that is why we said in this type of business, there is no partisan politics,” he said.
On the promise of his administration to focus on health and water among others, he disclosed that the government has provided 765 bore holes since its inception.
The deputy governor of the state, Mannir Yakubu, who commended the wisdom and courage of Governor Masari, in the midst of scarce resource and competing demands, to embark on the important project, also applauded the governor for pursuing vigorously the restoration agenda in the health and other sectors.