The Sokoto State Zakkat and Endowment Commission on Saturday disclosed that it received N31.5 million assistance from the state government.
The Chairman of the commission, Malam Lawal Maidoki, who made this disclosure in Kano, said the assistance was part of the government monthly effort to support the indigent patients in various hospitals.
He explained that it was also part of the pilot programme for 500 poor elderly persons in Sokoto town.
Maidoki, while distributing the money to various hospitals and pharmaceutical shops across the state, said that the gesture was aimed at ensuring a healthy society.
He said that N8.03 million was earmark as the monthly medical assistance and the remaining amount will be used for the luncheon of medical checkup and material assistance for 500 poor elderly persons in the state.
According to the Chairman, this monthly medical assistance has been a continuous programme, since the inception of the administration of Gov. Aminu Tambuwal.
“The government is fully committed to improving the health status of the people, as such initiated the new pilot programme for poor elderly persons in the state in order to assist in their medical checkup,” Maidoki said.
The chairman appealed to the partners – pharmaceutical shops and hospitals – to use the money judiciously to ensure fruitful result of the state government intentions.
He also called on the staff of the commission to remain “coordinated and committed to their duty’’ in order to enhance the welfare and health status of the people of the state.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some of the benefitting hospitals include; Kware Psychiatric Hospital, Usmanu Danfodio Teaching Hospital, Specialist Hospital Sokoto and Wamakko Orthopedic Hospital.