Ganduje signs specialist hospital bill into law

From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano
Kano state Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has signed into law the Kano State Ultra-Modern Specialist Hospitals Bill, 2018 specifically made for Muhammadu Buhari Specialist Hospital, Giginyu and Pediatric Hospital, Zoo Road.
The AUTHORITY recalls that the two multi-billion Naira specialist hospitals were commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari during his two-day working visit to the state late last year.
With the new law, staff of the two hospitals which would be fully operational in two months time, would not be allowed to engage in any form of industrial action.
During the signing of the Bill into Law, Ganduje assured that the operations and management of the two hospitals would not be business as usual, stressing that, “it will not go the way civil servants operate other health facilities.
“For these Mega Hospitals, workers industrial dispute, strike, will not find a place. It is in a solely government-controlled hospitals that you can have workers going on strike and be backed by law. But under this arrangement there will be no strike of workers.”
He added that part of the reason for coming up with the idea was to provide effective and efficient health care service delivery and to reduce medical tourism abroad.
Ganduje further revealed that he was thrilled that some Teaching Hospitals had indicated interest to come to Kano and use the facilities, while commending the State House of Assembly for effectively passing the Bill which he assented to.
On his part, the Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the hospitals, Dr Aminu Magashi said that, “we came across some medical personnel who were out of the country for the past 20 to 30 years, who have indicated interest in coming to these two Mega Hospitals and invest as private partners.
Magashi commended Governor Ganduje for exemplary leadership and his spirit of continuity in governance, urging other state governments to copy from the Kano state Governor.
Speaking earlier, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Ibrahim Kabiru Getso, disclosed that, “some health workers acquired enough training for operating some newly installed machines, MRI and 4D-Ultra Sound machine, while others would also be trained on other machines,” adding that the trainers were brought from abroad.

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