By Bashir Mohammed
Kano state government has spent billions of Naira to construct three crucial projects in the health sector.
They are the upgraded Dawakin Tofa General Hospital, Middle road Sabon Gari Maternal and Child Health Clinic as well as CT-Scan room and upgraded theatres, at Mohammed Abdullahi Wase Hospital, Nassarawa, which were commissioned by the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole.
Speaking at the occasion, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje said “the interventions stem from this administration’s resolve to offer the best health care services obtainable to the people of Kano state.”
He said despite funding constraints, this administration has remained resolute towards improving health indices of the state through upgrade of health infrastructure, provision of health facilities, recruitment of personnel and completion of abandoned health projects, among others.
Specifically on the Dawakin Tofa General Hospital, which was formally a primary health care centre, the governor disclosed that the hospital had been equipped with modern equipment and transformed from a 60-bed decaying health facility to 180-bed general hospital.
“Hitherto, the hospital was very dilapidated. The state government, however, decided to upgrade it to maintain a healthy and productive population, which is very imperative to our administration,” he said.
In his remarks, the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, advised the Kano state government to continue its strides in health sector development, especially improving the lives of women and children, saying “this is a surer way for any government to connect with the grassroots.”
On his part, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Kabiru Ibrahim Getso, said the government had begun the first phase of achieving ‘one functional primary health care centre per ward’ approach to primary health care revitalisation, adding that so far, 120 primary health care centres had been renovated, staffed and equipped.
He added that the state government “established the Kano Health Trust Fund with a view to achieving sustainable healthcare financing and universal health coverage.”