The Federal Government, Kano State Government and business mogul, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, have donated N24.45 million to the families of nine female health workers killed by gunmen in Kano.
Governor Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso announced his government’s donation at a meeting with family members of the victims at the Government House in Kano.
Kwankwaso said the gesture was to enable them cushion the effects of their loss. He also announced that the Chairman of Dangote Group, Dangote, donated N500,000 to each of the bereaved families and N250,000 to each of the injured.
The Federal Government made its donation to the families through a delegation led by the Minister of State for Health, Alhaji Ali Pate.
The minister, who was on the visit with five Emirs, was received by the acting Governor of Kano State, Dr. Umar Ganduje.
Ganduje told his guests that the governor was in London to assess the health condition of the Emir of Kano, Aljaji Ado Bayero.
Pate said the delegation was in Kano to condole with the government, people of Kano State, and the families of the affected health workers.
The minister recalled that three health workers had earlier lost their lives in Borno in similar circumstances as well as the murder of doctors at Yobe General Hospital.
He said: “It is an unfortunate tragic attack on innocent people trying to protect children. But we won’t be deterred by this evil act and that is why we are praying to Almighty Allah to touch the heart of the perpetrators to have a change of heart.”
Receiving the cheque from the leader of the delegation, the acting governor admitted that the attack on the health workers was a blow to the state’s campaign against polio.
Ganduje said it came at a time when Kano was almost achieving the desired goal in polio immunisation.
He said: “We are still going to pursue our target of eradicating polio by December 2013.”
According to him, the incident would mark a turning point in the polio eradication effort.
The acting governor said it would be approached as a normal medical or health programme without celebration or attracting any form of attention.
He said: “Hospitals in the state would be put in major shape with all required equipment needed for polio vaccination where those for polio would just walk in like any other patient and get immunised.”