The governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje has mandated the 44 local government areas in the state to employ two medical doctors each to help in curbing the menace of malaria and malnutrition among children under five years of age.
The President, Kano State chapter of Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, Sanusi Bala, disclosed this in a press briefing in his office on Monday.
He revealed that the governor’s order was in response to the request put forward to him by the association in its bid to curtail the ravaging menace of malaria among young children.
According to him, it is not news that there is high mortality and morbidity caused by malaria, diarrhoea, malnutrition and other diseases among young children in the state, especially in the season like this.
“We have analysed the situation at the level of Nigeria Medical Association and we identified a number of factors contributing to all these complications and one of the things is that a lot of these patients go round to different facilities that don’t have the capacity to treat these patients before they come to secondary And tertiary facility in Kano city.
“We made a lot of observations and we have forwarded some to the state government, at the level of the state government we want to appreciate the state governor, his Excellency Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje’s for approving our request, mandating our request to the local governments to employ at least two medical doctors that can manage such complications at the level of local government before they are referred to secondary And tertiary facilities.
“You can imagine a person having a young child that is very sick that will leave Doguwa Tudunwada to come to Kano it will be very difficult before the parents agree to do that,” he said.
He, therefore, urged the local government areas to comply with the directive and also engage the service of NYSC Corp members that study medical courses in the areas so that lives of children could be saved from preventable death.