By Shuaibu Zubair Tatu ,Birnin Kebbi
The Kebbi State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on cancer care and treatment with Roche Nigeria Limited, a leading company in healthcare care products and cancer treatment.
The Kebbi State Commissioner of Health, Jafaru Muhammad announced this when the General Manager of the Company, Dr.Ladi Hameed accompanied by the Head Market Access and Policy, Chukwudi Ehibudu and the Market Access and Manager Public Affairs of the company, Diane Eyisi paid a courtesy visit to Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu at the Council Chamber of Government House, Birnin Kebbi on Tuesday.
Muhammed said the partnership with the company on cancer care services would provide capacity building to health personnel as well as enhance the treatment of cancer in view of the company”s good products.
The commissioner said with the signing of the MOU, a work plan would be developed on the operational modules so that it will scale up health care services in Kebbi State.
According to him also Kalgo Medical Center has been selected as the treatment center and doctors as well as laboratory scientist have been trained to provide the services.
He expressed the willingness of the state government to utilize the opportunity to provide good healthcare to people of the state
In his remarks, the General Manager of the company, Dr. Ladi Hameed described the parnership as a landmark event for having the state government signing the MOU.
He said already both the state government and the company have started a number of activities together but the signing of the MOU would fastract further activities so as to upscale cancer care services for the citizens of the state.
Dr. Hameed expressed optimism that people of Kebbi State would immensely benefit from the parnership.
In his remarks, the Kebbi State Governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu thanked Roche on behalf of Kebbi State Government and congratulated the company for the successful signing of the MOU which according to him would accelerate the work which has already been started.
He equally thanked the Kebbi team who made it possible for the MOU to become a reality.
Bagudu also use the opportunity to commend and and thank Dr. Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu, his wife for her effort in making sure that the whole partnership was a success.
” Equally I want to register our thanks to her excellency, Dr. Zainab , my wife for the effort she put in pushing that we need this cancer treatment packaged which is post capacity building and the acceptance by Roche to concede and offer support which in many ways is a discounted and at much lower cost”.