By Ibrahim Abdullahi
In his zeal to carry all health stakeholders along in uplifting the status of health facilities and care of people in the state, the Director General Hospitals Management Board, Dr. Nasiru Alhassan Kabo, held a special session with the State Free Maternal and Child Health Steering Committee.
Speaking, the Director General explained that since his coming on board they hadn’t met formally at the committee level, hence the need for having a forum to meet and discuss issues regarding free medications and consumables the state government is providing on monthly basis to support pregnant women and children under five.
Dr. Kabo said that it is indeed a welcome development for a state to formulate such committee as its composition cuts across facilities and specialties so that they can effectively deliver the aspirations of the state, adding that government is investing a lot resources on this programme and some partners are also inputting.
“This is a very important committee because we are actually carrying mandate of the state government. Therefore, I am urging all of us to redouble efforts to deliver the confidence reposed on us. We shouldn’t fail the government and people of Kano sate in that direction”, Dr. Kabo charged committee members.
He assured that the committee, under his chairmanship, will continue to operate the way it does, stressing that nothing will be tempered with in the initial guidelines upon which the committee was formed, rather he will do his possible best to improve its activities.
The Director General commended members of the committee for their up and doing to complement efforts of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje to improving health of people of the state through regular and vigorous supervisions to health facilities across the state, conveying that Khadimul Islam has even approved the increase of funds allocated to the community so that many people will benefit.
Making the general overview of the programme, the Secretary of the Committee and also the Director Pharmaceutical Services of the Board, Pharmacist Ghali Sule, stated that Kano state was the first state in the country to introduce the free maternal and child health services.
He noted that the programme was introduced as a result of government concern on an unacceptable high maternal and child deaths aggravated by abject poverty and high illiteracy, especially among rural women and caregivers.
Pharm. Sule said that the policy of the scheme covers provision of free healthcare services for pregnant women from conception to delivery to postnatal care services, commending Governor Ganduje for given much needed attention to the health of women and children.
Public Relations Officer
Hospitals Management Board
10 October 2019