The Kano State Government says it has spent N350 million on the provision of working facilities for the successful conduct of 2019 Maternal Newborn and Child Health Week in the State.
Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje disclosed this during the formal flag-off of the 2019 second round of the programme held at Karaye Local Government Area.
Represented by his Deputy, Dr Nasiru Gawuna, the governor said the exercise, which targets over 3.5 million children and 90,000 mothers as beneficiaries, would be conducted in all the public hospitals across the 44 local government areas of the state.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the deputy governor, Malam Hassan Musa Fagge, and made available to newsmen in Kano on Tuesday.
He revealed that the state had already procured enough medicines, vaccines, mosquito nets and other facilities needed for the effective commencement of the programme.
“The issue of health remains central area of focus to the present administration and that is why we upgraded some hospitals in the state from Primary Healthcare Centres to General Hospitals, and not only that arrangements have reached advanced stage to establish 400 beds hospitals in each of the five Emirates of the state.
“In our General Hospitals, we are equally making arrangements to establish a special unit on eye treatment which is also part of the Government’s commitment towards supporting healthcare delivery system in the state,” the statement added.
According to him, the state was recognised as one of the best states in terms of healthcare delivery by development partners and this has signified bold commitment on health programmes.
He added that the state had extremely performed very well as it now recorded over 60 months without polio virus, noting that the administration had also recorded achievements in its fight against malaria and HIV diseases.
The governor further expressed gratitude to the traditional rulers in the state for mpbilising their subjets to accept various aspects of healthcare and other development programmes initiated by the government.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry of Health, Alhaji Usman Bala, announced that the exercise which is conducted from time to time by the ministry, would last from Aug. 19 to Aug. 23, 2019, across the 44 local government areas of the state.
“In February 2019, the week was conducted with huge success recording 80 per cent of pregnant women and children under the age of five years who greatly benefited from the exercise.
“During this round again,100 per cent of these targets are expected to benefit from the programme,” he added.
He said the ministry had made sufficient arrangements including the provision of qualified personnel in all the 1,200 Primary Healthcare Hospitals and 40 General Hospitals across the state to actualise the intended goals.
In their separate remarks, the Emir of Karaye, Dr Ibrahim Abubakar II; the Emir of Rano, Dr Tafida Abubakar illa, and the Emir of Gaya, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdulkadir, pledged their coorperation and readiness to continue to enlighten their people on the importance of the exercise.
Edited by Muhammad Suleiman Tola