From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh,Kano
Kano state Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje on Wednesday took Routine Immunization (RI) campaign into the hinterlands, assuring that his administration will continue to ensure adequate healthcare delivery to all residents, with special interest to the masses in the rural areas.
Ganduje who personally chaired the RI Reconciliation Meeting in Kura Local Government Area, expressed happiness over the level of data reconciliation and compliance to immunization by residents in the community.
He assured that his administration would work tirelessly to make sure that the development of primary health care delivery system in Kano continue to appreciate.
“I will be sending my Commissioners to similar Reconciliation Meetings across the state. For them to also monitor and be conversant with the process to appreciate the work we are doing. This will also encourage the actors. I mean the community leaders and the health workers,” he added.
Speaking at Sani Marshall Primary Health Centre in Kura, Ganduje promised to continue to strengthen efforts to improve quality data on Routine Immunization exercise at the community level, urging for effective involvement of community leaders and health workers to fully utilize the available health facilities to improve and assuage the health needs of the citizens.
He appreciated the authentication of the Data collected, describing it as a strategy for improving the quality of the data in the registers of community leaders and the Primary Healthcare workers, adding that, “I am also calling on our people to be supportive of this.”
Ganduje pointed out that the authentication process of the reconciliation meetings are absolutely necessary and important, noting that, “with this, we are telling our development partners that we are up and doing in this process. And we are also showing them that our efforts in this and other areas are yielding results.”
Speaking during the meeting, representative of World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Bashir Abba, commended Ganduje for what his administration is doing to make sure that healthy population thrives in the state.
“We all come to understand that universal health coverage is the fastest, easiest and more accessible in improving our health,” he said.
Dr Abba promised that WHO would be in Kano to ascertain the total wiping out of the Polio, as the absence is recorded for over two years now, adding that, “Kano is doing very well and we are all appreciating that.”
In her remarks, representative of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Harolyne J. Appia, said the Kura visit showed them how local communities are linked to the Primary Health Care delivery system, “this also shows your commitment in this area Your Excellency.”
She expressed satisfaction that the financial management, data quality, community engagement among others, were given all the necessary attention by Ganduje’s administration.
“We are calling for a continuous commitment as shown by the leadership of Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje. We are all determined to continue supporting you,” she added.
Dr Hashimu Abubakar who represented Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) also commended the effort of the state government for taking along with her communities in the primary health care delivery system.
“We also appreciate the Monthly meeting between government and the local communities. We will continue to work and in hand with your government in the primary health care system, so as to improve the health of the population,” he said.
In his remarks, the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa disclosed that the Primary Healthcare facility is attended by over 300 people, adding that, “all the Ward Heads are doing their best in this area. That is why we are recording these feats.
“It is through the engagement of our community leaders that we find it very easy to detect those children that are vaccinated and those that were not vaccinated. So the immunization of our new born are taken good care of.”
The AUTHORITY reports that over 10,000 books, that serve as Manuals were distributed to the community leaders for easy understanding of the exercise during the meeting.
The meeting was attended by representatives from WHO, UNICEF, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and CHAI, who all appreciated the strategy and the commitment shown by Kano state government, traditional leaders and health workers.