KNSG, FG partner to rehabilitate Kano Diagnosis Centre
– As four PS worn in
By Abdulyassar Abdulhamid
The Federal Government in collaboration with the Kano State Government to rehabilitate the multi-billion naira Kano Diagnosis Centre, Kwanar Dawaki.
The diagnosis centre established by Pfizer about 10 years ago in 2012 given to the then Northwest University, Kano (now Yusuf Maitama Sule University), was abandoned following a rift between the company and the Kano Sate Government.
Governor Ganduje disclosed this when he and the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Emmanuel Ehanire, inspected the Centre as a preludes to the Kano 2020 Primary Health Care Summit.
The governor said his administration with the support of the federal government will rehabilitate the centre.
Ganduje said: “The real issue is that the facility was built by Pfizer and then disagreement erupted between Pfizer and the then state government.
“We will try our best to see that we contact Pfizer and discuss with them, so as to see what are the gaps that need our attention. We will try and fill in those gaps, because it will be for the benefit of our people.
“We will also look at other areas like consumables to dialogue with the Pfizer. Even then management of the facility would be discussed with them, to have good landing for the facility to bounce back to good use. We will definitely dialogue with them. Because we cannot afford to waste the costly machines that are put in place.”
The Health of Minister, Dr Enahire, said he was moved by the installed facilities he saw at the centre.
He said: “This facility will go a long way in further developing quality research for scholars and students.
“There is still opportunity for collaboration between this facility and similar ones across the country. For example there is a similar facility in Lagos. And in other similar places.”
Some of the laboratories visited by the governor and the Minister during the visit included Histopathology Lab, Immunology Lab, Chemical Pathology Lab and Hematology Lab, among others.
The visitors were briefed that at Hematology Lab, the machines that were installed are Genotype Machine, Molecular and DNA Analysis Machine. At the Lab a Special Refrigerator that has Minus 50°C temperature, that has the capacity to keep samples for over 50 years.
The Centre, as a Research Centre, as at now, attracts many scholars and students, PhD students particularly, even from far away Calabar city. Generally, it was observed and advised that, what was needed for the immediate utilisation of all machines, was largely installation and training.
Meanwhile, four new permanent secretaries were sworn in including Dr Shehu Dahiru, who was absent on an official assignment.
The new permanent secretaries include Dr Lawan Shehu Abdulwahab, Finance, Dr Hussain Umar Ganduje, Special Duties, Ahmed Salisu Abba, Works, Engineer Hussain Mousa Karry, Environment.
Governor Ganduje urged the newly appointed permanent secretaries to adhere strictly to their oath of office and allegiance, and avoid any act that will tarnish the image their ministries and the administration.
The governor, however assured them of his administration continued support, as it has a responsibility of improve the li es of the people of the state.