From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano
Kano State government has awarded a multi million Naira contract for renovation and upgrade of Isa Kaita Primary Healthcare center in Rimin A’i, Nassarawa local government area of the state, to a Comprehensive Health center.
The contract covers infrastructure development, installation of modern medical equipment as well as other civil engineering works.
Inspecting the project, the state Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje explained that, “the project is in furtherance of the commitment of his administration to pay special attention to improvement of health care services in secondary and primary health facilities in the State.
“In the past four years, we have made visible efforts to improve access to health care services through initiating programs such as Free Maternal & Child Health Care Services, Free Accident & Emergency Care, Free eye care program, among others.
“We have also spent huge sum of money in upgrading over 300 health care facilities (mostly PHCs) like this one, while money has been earmarked in this year’s budget to ensure improved delivery of maternal and child health services.”
According to Dr. Ganduje, “One of the key tenets of the Kano health policy is to achieve reduction in maternal and childhood morbidity and mortality by improving access to, availability, demand for and use of appropriate maternal and child care.”
Dr. Ganduje expressed optimism that renovation of the Isa Kaita Primary Healthcare center would be completed in the next few weeks, urging people in the domain to exercise patience as only skeletal services would be rendered by the facility while the work progresses.
On the Free Eye Care programme currently embarked upon by the state government at the center, Gov. Ganduje said it was organized to cure people with various degrees of eye ailments and especially restore the sight of people suffering from cataract and trachoma.
“We give glory to Allah that all of you can now see us as we see you. I am happy and I hope that with this endeavor, normalcy has returned to your lives,” he added.
Conducting the governor round, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Kabir Ibrahim Gesto explained that the renovation of the health facility started a few days ago, adding that about 12 additional paramedical personnel have been redeployed to render basic community health services, pending completion of the work.