KNSG said it is planning to recruit a medical officer per local government to improve health care service delivery in the state.
KNSG to recruit medical officer per LGA
As Ganduje bags “Champion of… award
By Abdulyassar Abdulhamid
The Kano State Government on Thursday said it is planning to recruit a medical officer per local government to improve health care service delivery in the state.
Governor Ganduje disclosed this while speaking at a primary health care summit hosted by the Kano State Government.
The summit named “Kano 2020 Primary Health Care Summit” and themed “Primary Health Care the Journey So Far” aimed at bring prmary health care under one roof.
According the governor, one of the cardinal elements at the heart of his administration was the improvement of the health of the people of the state, as the administratin is working tirelessly to bring health care closer to where people work and live.
He added that his adminstration had committed enormous recouces to address the health challenges facing the state.
Ganduje said: “We have recently approved the sum of N2.4 billion for the upgrading works of four hospitals each at the headquarters of of Gaya, Rano, Bichi and Karaye Emirates to the minimum of 400 beds. We, however, recruited more than 900 health workers and we will continue to recruit competent health manpower in the state. All these aimed at improving health care service delivery in our dear state.
“In the next one month we will recruit and deploy one medical officer for each of the 44 local governments with a view to improving health delivery across the state.
As part of its commitment to improve performance, the administration has taken a decision to move staff salary from the Ministry for Local Government to the state’s primary health care board from the month of March this year, Ganduje stated.
He stated: “The state government will soon embark on upgrading, renovation and construction of health care facilities in all the 44 local government areas of the state.”
He further urged the state legislators, as well as philanthropists and international donors, to key into and channel their constituency projects into the programme for the benefit of the people of the state.
Reaching, the Minister of Health, Osagie Emmanuel Ehanire, said that Kano State is one of the lead performers in health care delivery, adding that Governor Ganduje had demonstrated his mission and passion as 16% out of the the state’s 2020 budget went to health, which is the highest in the country.
He added that President Buhari had shown commitment to provide health care service delivery 24hrs a day, which include provision of light and construction of staff quarters.
Ehanire said: “The Federal Government has taken proactive measures to prevent importation of diseases into the country especially the recent Coronavirus. Screening teams have deployed to each of our airports to diagnose passengers coming into the country.
“I have inspected various health facilities in Kano State and this afternoon I will visit the state’s cancer treatment centre. His Exellency is working very hard to improve health care service delivery across the state.
“I have seen the vision and mission of President Buhari. We must commend Governor Ganduje for taking it after the president.”
Meanwhile, the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHDA) confered the “Champion of Primary Health Care” award on Governor Ganduje.
Presenting the award to the governor, the Executive Director of the Agency, Dr Faisal Shuaib, said the governor had achieved a lot especially in terms of routine immunization as the country prepared to celebrate 4 month free polio.
Shuaib said: “Kano State under Ganduje has achieved a lot especially in terms of routine immunization. The state Contributory health Care Scheme is the most functional in the federation. The governor’s commitment toward improving health care delivery is very commendable.”
He, however, added that over 4000 health care facilities have been renovated in collaboration between the Federal and state governments.