Former President Goodluck Jonathan has commended the Jennifer Etuh Foundation (JEF) for donating a specialist hospital and skills acquisition centre to the Mallagum Kagoro community in Kaduna State.
Jonathan, represented by a former Senate President, Anyim Pius Anyim, gave the commendation on Monday while inaugurating the hospital.
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The hospital, with a 50-bed capacity, would be managed by Bingham University.
The establishment of the hospital is part of the vision of late Mrs Jennifer Etuh to provide accessible and affordable world-class healthcare services to women and children in rural areas.
The hospital is situated on a 12-hectare land mass with an outpatient department, three consulting rooms, pharmacy, antenatal, special care baby unit, intensive care unit, labour/delivery room, cervical cancer screening room, mammogram and others.
The skill acquisition centre has a beauty salon, art and craft as well as catering departments for vocational training.
Jonathan said: “By this project, you have touched the heart of humanity.”
He said that the philanthropic work of the foundation would benefit the entire people of Kaduna and beyond.
The former president urged the facility’s managers to ensure that the hospital was affordable for the people to use.
Chairman of the Foundation, Mr Thomas Etuh, said the project was to fulfil the aspirations of his wife.
Etuh said it was the late wife’s intention to establish hospitals in the six geopolitical zones for women and children’s healthcare.
He said JEF first assignment was the establishment of a Medical Centre in Odu Ogboyega, Dekina LGA, Kogi State which was commissioned on January 26, 2022, while the one was inaugurated in Kaduna was the second.
Etuh said additional four hospitals would be established soon in Imo, Gombe, Osun and Cross River states.
“The third hospital will be commissioned in Osun, on the 3rd anniversary of her death.”
On his part, the Chief of Kagoro, Dr Ufuwai Bonel, commended the state government for permitting the construction of the hospital.