It was yet another positive development for the North Bank community in Makurdi metropolis of Benue State when the founder of Tanimu Foundation and a medical practitioner based in United States of America (USA), Prof. Sabo Tanimu, donated a health facility to the people.
Benue/Plateau Trust reports that the Foundation had in July, 2018 built and donated a well-equipped library to the community, aside previous projects such as boreholes to ease their water needs.
It has also in the last 10 years invested in the areas of medical education, scholarship awards, vocational training and extra-mural classes for aspiring young scientists.
The latest donation, “Tanimu Foundation Diagnostic Centre” inaugurated recently, is an up-to-date ultrasound facility to support the health of pregnant women and others in the community. Services to be rendered include diagnostic abdominal and pelvic ultrasound to be delivered by competent ultra-sonographers.
Also, laboratory for the diagnosis of diseases, including malaria, typhoid fever and HIV are available.
Speaking at the inauguration of the facility Prof Tanimu, who is the System Wide Gastroenterology Director of the Marshfeild Clinic Ambulatory Surgical Centre in Wisconsin, USA, said the donation followed a formal request for a health centre by the community.
Represented by the Foundation’s Director of Finance and Administration, Kalid Yusuf Omeje, the medical practitioner, added that his gesture to the North Bank community, where he had his formative years, was based on the concept he had preserved, nurtured and ultimately blossomed to fruition.
Tanimu stressed the need for youths in the community to carry out similar concept in the future for the betterment of the society.
He also urged members of the community to see to the safety of the equipment of the centre and assured them that that he would not relent in the pursuit of his dream first of always improving the living condition of his community.
The chairman of the occasion, a Consultant Radiologist with the Benue State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH) in Makurdi, Dr Hameed Mohammed, said Tanimu’s philanthropy was ‘unbelievable.’
Mohammed recalled that the donor had donated at least 100 books to his department and medical equipment worth over millions of naira to the BSUTH and Federal Medical Centre Makurdi last year.