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Ganduje: The Architect of Modern Kano Part 2

By Aminu Dahiru

In my earlier piece I mentioned the 5 Monuments namely: Panshekara Underpass, Kofar Ruwa Underpass, Murtala Muhammed Flyover, Dangi Underpass and Kwari Flyover of His Excellency Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje that can buy him a Second Term ticket as Great Governor of Kano State.

Looking at the Health Sector, Ganduje has achieved tremendously in terms of healthcare delivery; recently Kano State won sum of $8,176,000 from Federal Government as a reward for the outstanding performance. In his inaugural address on May 29, 2015, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje said: “The APC Administration will focus on preventive approach to health care delivery system. This approach is mainly to reduce the prevalence of common killer diseases such as tuberculosis HIV/AIDS, Polio, Malaria and dysentery to mention a few. The programme of routine immunization will be given top priority to protect our children from preventable diseases.”

True to his words, the far-sighted and amiable Governor has lived upto expectations in recording numerous achievements, which include the following to mentioned just a few:

1. Completion of 120 bedded Isiyaku Rabiu Paediatric Hospital at Zoo road

2. Renovation of A ward Male MMSH in August 2015
3. Completion of Intensive Care Unit (ICU), MMSH
4. Completion of renovation work at Sir Muhammad Sunusi Specialist Hospital, Yankaba
5. Renovation of maternity unit of Murtala Muhd Specialist Hospital (MMSH) in August 2015
6. Completion Muhammadu Buhari General Hospital  Giginyu
7. Upgrade of MMSH, the biggest hospital in West Africa to commence soon. Since its establishment in 1926, MMSH has never received total upgrade.
8. Establishment of deafness screening & treatment centre in Kano State.
9. Upgrade of Dawakin Tofa cottage hospital to General hospital: in progress
10. Renovation and expansion of dialysis center at Muhd Abdullahi Wase Specialist Hospital (MAWSH), Kano
11. Procurement & Installation of new Reverse Osmosis machine at the dialysis unit at MAWSH, Kano
12. Renovation of Pharmacy unit at MAWSH, Kano
13. Renovation & upgrade of laboratory at Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH), Kano
14. Construction of a multi-million naira dry store at Primary Health Care Management Board Headquarter
15. Renovation of Doctors staff quarters at Kawo
16. Renovation of staff quarters at Giginyu
17. Renovation of Gani and Rimi PHCs in Sumaila LGA (include employment of staff + provision of equipment) in collaboration with Lighthouse Foundation.
18. Renovation and provision of equipment at Nuhu Bamalli Maternity unit in collaboration Staff of CBN, Kano State Branch
19. Renovation of over 109 HFs including Gen. Hospitals, Cottage Hospitals, PHCs and medical stores in collaboration with MNCH2
20. Built of 11 PHCs in collaboration with Dangote Foundation: Staff have already been posted.
21. Construction of Mariya Sunusi Ultra-Modern Medical Center at MMSH (theatre complex & Diagnostic center) worth N7 Billion by Dangote Foundation
22. Construction of 2 wards (10 bedded each) for males and females and 6 amenity rooms (3 males & 3 females) at Abubakar Imam Urology Center (AUIC) by a philanthropist

23. Procurement of medical & dental equipment/consumables by KNSG worth over N110 million by KNSG; distributed to the facilities by His Excellency the Executive Governor Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje OFR on Monday 26th October, 2015 at medical store, DMCSA compound, Kano state
24. Procurement of 24 Solar Direct Drive (SDDs ) Refrigerators worth more than N80 Million by KNSG for storage of vaccines at peripheral health facilities: Dec 2015
25. Procurement of 5 No. Hilux vehicles by KNSG for effective vaccine maintenance and delivery to Health Facilities at LGA/ward levels: launched by His Excellency the Executive Governor Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje OFR on Monday 5th May, 2016 at Govt House, Kano
26. Digitization of X ray department in MMSH
27. REPAIR OF MAMMOGRAPHY MACHINE at MMSH which has been spoilt for more than 4 years: Completed
28. Purchase of patient monitors for theatres in MMSH
29. Purchase of ventilators for ICU in MMSH
30. Purchase of PCNL (Percutaneous nephrolithotomy) SET and PAEDIATRIC RESECTOSCOPE SET for AIUC
31. Purchase of Intramedullary Nails and distal targeting device, plus sets of Screws for orthopedic theatre, MMSH and commencement of internal fixation of fractures using nailing PROCEDURE (a procedure which has low failure rate and enables weight bearing within 2 weeks of surgery, unlike the other procedures which takes 8 – 10 weeks), this procedure has never been carried out in MMSH since its establishment
32. Purchase of 1NO. bus (model F TOYOTA) for dept of Medical services, Ministry of Health, for effective monitoring & supervision
33. Donation of equipment by Rotary international (USS machines, sphygmomanometers, C/S sets, ambu bags, etc)
34. Procurement of medical equipment & consumables worth over N170 Million in collaboration with MNCH2: to be distributed to 136 Primary & Secondary Health Facilities across the State in May 2016
35. Donation of medical equipment & consumables worth over N6 million by Talba and Matawallen Kano family in recognition of good policies of KNSG in the health care sector
36. Expansion of DRF programme where drugs worth more than N6m were distributed to 44 health facilities in 44 LGAs to make quality drugs available at an affordable price, to reduce circulation of fake drugs
37. Distribution of drugs worth over N10 Million to health facilities in Kano in collaboration with MNCH2
38. Confiscation and destruction of 10,000 carton of expired juices drink valued at over N25million by Dept. of Medical and Health services on 24 Aug, 2015
39. Confiscation and destruction of expired adulterated, counterfeit and illicit drugs worth over N50 million by dept. of pharmaceutical services on 24 Aug, 2015
40. Confiscation & destruction of unwholesome chewing gum worth millions of naira

41. Renovation of 2 male hostels at School Of Nursing Kano
43. Renovation of class rooms at School Of Nursing Kano
44. Construction/Repair of boreholes at School Of Nursing Kano
45. Renovation of class rooms & library at School of midwifery Dambatta
46. Construction of 2 blocks of class rooms at SOHT Kano by Women for Health (W4H)
47. Construction of demonstration room at School Of Health Technology Kano by W4H
48. Expansion/renovation of library at School Of Health Technology Kano by W4H
49. Constructions of class rooms and hostel, etc at School of midwifery Dambatta by W4H

50. 50. No embargo on employment of critical manpower especially Doctors, pharmacists, nurses, midwives, and laboratory scientists to improve human resources for health in the State
51. Continued sponsorship of medical students from levels 4 – 6
52. Continued sponsorship of resident doctors for residency training (Over 60 resident doctors undergoing specialist training in various areas presently)
53. Continuation of sponsorship of state indigenes to undergo health related courses (both under and postgraduate) at home and abroad; e.g. of courses being sponsored are Medicine, Pharmacy, B Sc Nursing, Dental Technology, Radiography, Biomedical Engineering, etc
54. Sponsorship of training of 15 No. biomedical engineers by KNSG (Locally)
55. Foreign training for 2 biomedical engineers (UK) in collaboration with MNCH2

56. Establishment of State Contributory HealthCare Scheme/Agency

57. Extension of Tripartite MoU between KNSG, Bill and Melinda Gates and Dangote Foundations. Basket fund established to boost PEI & RI services in the state.
58. Successful switch from tOPV to bOPV by KNSG on 18/04/16

59. Conduct of free Cataract surgery to 200 patients in the state in collaboration with Turkish international foundation
60. Signing of MoU with Makah Eye specialist Hospitals on Community Eye Care
61. Free eye care programme conducted in Sheik Jidda Hospital between 8-15 Oct 2015 where 400 persons were operated for cataract, 800 glasses distributed and over 1000 benefitted from drugs. State Govt provided the venue, generator, diesel and supervision
62. Conduct of free Cataract and trachoma lid surgeries to over 6000 patients in Kano in collaboration with HANDS- An NGO: Currently on going (Dec 2015)

63. Purchase of 88 No. Tricycle ambulances to be distributed to 44 LGAs across the State to ease transport of pregnant women from hard-to-reach communities to health facilities (under the ministry for Local Government)
64. Launching of 70 No. Tricycle ambulances provided by CHAi as a support to State Government + Launching & distribution of 10 additional tricycle ambulances to 4 selected metropolitan LGAs (Dala, Gwale, KMC and NSR) held on Monday 26th October, 2015 at medical store, DMCSA compound, Kano state
65. Training of 1,936 TBAs and distribution of Kits (in collaboration with ministry for Local Government)
66. Training of 1000 TBAs by CHAI and distribution of delivery kits including anti-shock garment
67. Establishment/Commencement of Community midwifery programme (accredited recently) at School of Midwifery Dambatta where females will be sourced from the community, to be trained and posted back to the communities from where they come

68. Distribution of drugs and glucometers to 100 children suffering from diabetes mellitus, including community sensitization through health talks, pamphlets and posters
69. Celebration of world diabetes day on November 14th. Theme for 2015: “ Healthy Living and Diabetes”

70. Sponsorship of heart surgery for 3 pediatric patients with congenital heart disease by the KNSG in collaboration with United States of America based organization named Hospitals for Humanity

71. Screening of 146 deaf persons (adults/children) to identify those that could benefit from hearing aids and cochlear implants
72. Commencement of treatment for screened persons with deafness (Government approval obtained, preparation in progress)

73. Strengthening RI in the state: manpower development, effective supervision, etc
74. Medical outreach out-reach programme during which RI services, ANC, screening for hypertension & Diabetes mellitus, treatment of common ailments and injuries, nutritional assessment, health talks, etc are delivered
75. Volunteer Community Mobilizers (VCMs) convention held on 05/04/16 to sensitize the public on the important work of VCMs and to recognize/award outstanding VCMs

76. Supply & installation of GeneXpert machines at Ahmadiya & Gwarzo General Hospitals in collaboration with KNCV

77 Procurement of consumables for HIV/AIDS services worth millions of naira by KNSG
78. Procurement of HIV/AIDS rapid test kits worth N22 million by KNSG
79. Donation of CD4, chemistry & hematology machines, etc by FHI 360 to support HIV/AIDS services in the state
80. Donation of 30KVA generator and 4 split AC units to IDH laboratory by FHI 360
81. Procurement of malaria drugs, equipment and consumables worth N59 million
82. Conduct of mass free distribution of NTDs drugs to 44 LGAs in the State
83. Donation of 1NO. 4 WD Hilux vehicle, 44 motorcycles and drugs worth N2billion by HANDS/CONSORTIUM for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) control in Kano

84. Training of 156 DSNOs. Asst DSNOs, M&E Officers, Veterinary Officers & Military Health Care worker on IDSR and data management in collaboration with CDC-NFELTP/NCDC
85. Effective & timely response/Control of diseases outbreaks in the State, e.g. Lassa Fever, measles, chemical poisoning, etc

86. Donation of drugs & test kits for meningitis by WHO
87. Signing of MoU & built of 10 boreholes by Rotary International
88. Signing of Charter between KNSG and EHealth Africa on strengthening data management, $1000,000 invested by Ehealth via BMGF grant
89. Signing of MoU and launch of EU-SIGN project in Kano State on 4th May, 2016 where more than N180 million is being committed by EU-SIGN for purchase of SDDs, motor-bikes, hilux vehicles, renovation/construction of cold stores and PHCs in the State. Work has already commenced.

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