The Sokoto State Zakkat and Endowment Commission on Thursday disbursed N15.5 million to hospitals and pharmaceutical shops for the treatment of indigent patients across the state.
The Chairman of the commission, Malam Lawal Maidoki, said this while distributing the money in Sokoto. According to him, the gesture is aimed at ensuring a healthy society.
He said the money was part of government’s monthly donations to the commission to enable it to assist the needy in the 23 local governments in the state.
He added that “this has been a continuous programme since the inception of Gov. Aminu Tambuwal’s administration.
“The government is committed to improving the health status of the people and out of the N31.5 million monthly donation by the government, today we disbursed about N15.5 million for that purpose.’’
The chairman appealed to the partners which include pharmaceutical shops and hospitals to use the money judiciously.
He also called on staff of the commission to remain coordinated and committed to their duty in enhancing the welfare and health status of the people.
Maidoki appealed to wealthy individuals to support the government by contributing their own quota to the programme and called on media organisations to sensitise them to reach out to the needy.
The benefiting hospitals include Kware Psychiatric Hospital, Usman Danfodio University Teaching Hospital (UDUTH) and Specialist Hospital, Sokoto.
Others are: Wamakko Orthopaedic Hospital, Maryam Abacha Hospital, Iman Hospital, Binji Pharmacy, Zumunci Pharmacy, Rauda Pharmacy and Maigobir Pharmacy, among others.