Kano State has emerged the overall winner of the 2018 North-West Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week programme which earned the State a total sum of $8.1 million USD.
This followed the commitment of the present administration and the support of Kano State Saving one Million lives Programme in offering low cost intervention to Pregnant Women and Children under the age of 5 years in the State.
The State Governor Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje disclosed this during the Flag-off of the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week February 2019, held at Getso in Gwarzo Local Government Area.
Dr. Ganduje represented by his Deputy Dr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna stated that during the last round of the exercise, over 2 million Children were supplemented with Vitamin A, while 1,180,760 Children were dewormed and thousands of women were given LLIN, Iron- Folate supplements and malaria prevention drugs respectively.
" Kano State Government which has been consistent in the implementation of all health programmes aimed at improving the lives of our people, has provided all necessary support to ensure this campaign is a success.
" This administration has placed the highest priority on saving the lives of especially Women and Children through the provision of essential health services both at Primary and Secondary care levels, and did not relent in taking holistic insight in to the fundamental needs of our healthcare sector and came up with comprehensive action plan " he said.
He assured that Kano State Government would strive and work harder in delivering more democratic dividend in housing, transportation including fly-over bridges, improving road network, Agriculture, Commerce and any intervention that would bring human development to the people of Kano.
Governor Ganduje while emphasizing the importance of the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week to the lives of Women and Children, maintained that this week exercise would provide Vitamin A supplement for Children, Deworming of Children, immunization, Screening of Children Nutritional Status and Birth registration exercise among others.
On his part, the Emir of Kano Malam Muhammadu Sanusi II represented by the District head of Tudun Wada Dr. Bashir Ibrahim Muhammad Dankadai expressed satisfaction on the effort made by Kano State Government and other developed partners in promoting the lives of Women and Children in the State despite the challenges being faced.
Earlier, the State Commissioner of Health Dr. Kabiru Ibrahim Getso said the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week is a week- long event during which low cost interventions are offered to prevent women and Children under age of 5 with the aim of increasing coverage levels of some important preventive and curative health indicators that allow mothers and Children to thrive and develop.
According to him, Kano State Government in collaboration with other developed partners had spent over N1 million in procuring the needed supplements to ensure the successful conduct of the MNCHW Programme across the 44 local government areas in the State.
On the effort made by the State to improve the health sector, Dr. Getso explained " The Present administration of Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has renovated and equipped over 300 Hospitals with new working material to ensure that people benefit more from its health revitalization agenda.