In appreciation of efforts being put by the government of Kano state under Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, in the fight against poliomyelitis diseases, which results into polio-free period of three consecutive years, in the state, an amalgamation of development partners commend the governor for achieving that feat.
Not only in the area of polio eradication, they commend him for his unrelenting efforts in the overall areas of health care delivery system since his assumption into office in the last three years.
That was disclosed by a representative of Centre for Disease Control (CDC), Dr Suleiman Adamu, who spoke on behalf of all development partners, who were present at a dinner organised by the governor for Sallah celebration, recently at Africa House, Government House, Kano.
Amongst the development partners that were present at the dinner were World Health Organisation (WHO), Centre for Disease Control (CDC), Clinton Health Access Initiative, The Challenge Initiative (TCI), Department for International Development (DFID), Suda Belt, MNCH2, Rotary and FHI 360.
Adamu explained that, what the governor was doing in the health sector, was largely responsible for success stories in the sector, adding that Kano state was lucky to significantly change the narratives and becomes a beacon of hope in the health care delivery system.
"I am standing here on behalf of all the development partners that are here present, twenty of us, to congratulate and appreciate His Excellency's committed and genuine intervention in the health sector. Yours is a significant one that needs to be copied by other states of the federation," Adamu pinpoints.
While commending Ganduje on the general health care delivery system, Dr Adamu further reveals that, "Kano state is now celebrating 3 consecutive years as a polio-free environment. We say Kudos to His Excellency the governor of Kano state. It clearly shows that efforts are genuine and all stakeholders are genuinely serious about their roles."
He reveals that even the global office of Centre for Disease Control appreciates Ganduje's achievements recorded in the health sector. Adding that, "...they enjoy their visit to Kano state when they were in Nigeria for official engagements. This is a milestone for the state health sector."
In his remarks governor Ganduje appreciates the development partners and all other stakeholders in the health sector, disclosing that, "It is because of the importance we attach to health care delivery system that people are witnessing positive development in this all-important sector."
He made it clear that, development partners were not relenting in their efforts to see to an improved health care delivery system in the state in particular and the country in general. With them, according to him, many more success stories are forthcoming. "Our cooperation will always be there as a government," he assured.
"Our holistic taking of the health sector is what is producing all the success stories you are seeing around. We believe in the health of our population. That is why we are doing the needful. As a result therefore, we need to have a population that is an asset not a liability. So the health of our population is very critical," says the governor.
Earlier the Commissioner of Health, Dr Kabiru Ibrahim Getso reveals that, more than 300 health care facilities were either upgraded, renovated or both since the coming of Ganduje as a governor in the state.
"Since our coming into office, in the last three years, over 3,000 health care workers were employed and deployed across the state health care facilities. This is unprecedented and unique as far as health care system is concerned," Getso highlights.
In his description of the newly completed Muhammadu Buhari Specialist Hospital, Giginyu, Getso discloses how recently some patients were referred to the hospital from Minna, Niger state and Katsina state.
According to him that happened, "...because of the fact that what we put in there are state of the art equipments that are latest and effective. It is because of this therefore, that I am saying these our two ultra modern specialist hospitals are there to purposely bridge the gap in the health care system in the country."
The Chairman Governing Board of Kano Ultra Modern Specialist Hospital (KUSH), otherwise known as Muhammadu Buhari Specialist Hospital, Giginyu, Dr Aminu Garba Magashi, acknowledged the commitment of the development partners in improving health care system in the state.
"Our doors are also opened for those interested in getting involved into our facility. You should know, as many of you are aware, that, ours is Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement. So we need you all," said Magashi.
He used the platform to announce to the gathering about KUSH's plan to hold a free Breast Cancer examination for 1,000 women in the hospital, which was tagged Catch-Them-Early programme. The programme is slated to hold on Wednesday 20th June, 2019. And governor Ganduje would flag it off.
Anwar is the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Kano State.