61st National Council on Health: Kano State Launches Six Health Intervention Programmes

Posted by:Salihu Tanko Yakasai

His Excellency Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje OFR, attended the official launching of key health initiatives which were introduced by the State Ministry of Health under the administration of Ganduje, the governor was accompanied by the Minister of Health Prof Isaac Adewole who is in Kano for the ongoing National Council on Health NCH Kano 2018.

The programmes which were launched today include access to care for enrollees of the State's Contributory Healthcare Scheme for the civil servants, inauguration of the board of trustees of the newly constituted Kano Ultramodern State Hospitals Board KUSH, Kano Health Trust Fund KHETFUND board and the Private Hospitals Management Agency PHMA board.

With the launch of the access to care for the enrollees of the State Contributory Healthcare Scheme, the over 200,000 registered members from the state civil service and their families will begin to benefit from the scheme, which 2 months deduction from their salaries have been made and disbursed to over 230 healthcare centres that have been selected. Kano is the first state to implement such a scheme in the country, which was a national scheme that was designed and domesticated for the state.

Also, with the inauguration of the boards of KUSH, KHETFUND and PHMA, the boards will now swing into action fully, for the full take off of the 2 ultramodern hospitals, the trust fund, and the private hospitals agency. Surely, all these programmes and projects are aimed at boosting and improving the health sector, and reducing health toursim out of the country. Many of the programmes are unprecedented and will put Kano ahead of other states in the health sector.

Other programmes launched today included the Wellness On Wheels WOW which is a collaboration between the State Ministry of Health and the USAID a development agency aimed at screening people for tuberculosis accross the state, which have so far screened over 5,000 people in 17 communities in the state and 70 people have been confirmed to have tuberculosis, and have also received free treatment. Also, 1,000 women will receive free breast cancer screening at Muhammad Buhari Specialist Hospital Giginyu.

The special guest of honor, the honourable minister of health Prof Isaac commended Governor Ganduje for his giant strides in the health sector, he added that Ganduje is indeed a pace setter, first among equals, and a listening leader who take inputs from others as constructive criticism. He further stated that while other states are asking the ministry of health to come and help them, Kano state under Ganduje is always calling on him to come and see what Kano is doing, which he has witnessed it with his own eyes, and many of the programmes and projects are unprecedented. He added that the 2 ultramodern hospitals are among the best and most equipped not only in Nigeria but in Africa.

The event was well attended by the Sarkin Kano, Mallam Muhammad Sanusi II and his council, Executive Secretary of National Health Insurance Scheme, development partners, state and federal government officials, and many others.

Salihu Tanko Yakasai
Special Adviser Media
Government House Kano
June 19, 2018