Kano state government, on Friday, said it has renovated and upgraded about 300 health-care facilities and provided them with equipment, drugs and medical consumables worth billions of Naira in the past 34 months.
The facilities, which are mainly Primary Health Centers, are to be manned by health professionals across several specialities.
The state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje disclosed this at the Development Alternatives Incorporated, DAI “Governance Matters” Roundtable meeting in Abuja.
According to him, the effort is part of commitment towards improving health outcomes within the framework of key national and international policies such as the SDGs.
Mr Ganduje explained that the government’s investment in health was guided by the development of high quality, focused and result-based planning.
“To address gaps in secondary health care, we are working with Dangote Foundation to upgrade Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital.
“We also completed the abandoned Muhammadu Buhari Specialist Hospital and the Pediatric Hospital at zoo road.
“We intend to make them referral hospitals and to use them to curtail medical tourism,” he asserted.
“Because health outcomes are linked to the recruitment of skilled health workers, we are increasing the number of our health training institutions while at the same time we are sponsoring health professionals like doctors, nurses and nursing tutors for training to enable us bridge the gap.
According to him, “we have recently established the Kano state Contributory Health Care Management Agency. This will curtail the huge burden of out-of-pocket financing to health care for our people. We have also set up Kano Health Trust Fund which will provide additional financing for the health sector.
“We have also signed another MOU with the two foundations that covers broader health interventions around women and child health,” Mr Ganduje said.
He advised the Federal Government to decentralize management of the health care system in the country to provide room for more effective supervision, monitoring and evaluation and aid efficient planning, development and delivery of health services.
The conference was also attended by the Minster of Health, Isaac Adewale and the governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufa’i among other personalities.