Ganduje says Kano State to establish Board For State Primary Health Care Agency
By: Femi Mustapha
Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has said the state is set to establish Governing Board For the State Primary Health Care Agency .
This was contained in a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor
Abba Anwar and made available to the media on 9th of August 2019.
The statement added that the establishment of the Board will effectively bring forth optimum result-oriented implementation of Primary Health Care Delivery Agency policy, with the intent of harmonising the budget and expenditure which will ultimately strengthen PHC Under One Roof.
“Establishment of Governing Board for the agency alongside other agencies is what is on the table now. It may interest you to know that, even before you came praying for this, we already have it in our next lines of action. We take anything related to health sector very seriously,” he assured.
Ganduje who received coalition of some non-governmental organisations under the platform of Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health at Scale Coalition (PACFaH@Scale) that paid him a courtesy visit said what he had in mind was to have a step-by-step approach in making such and similar appointments.
He explained that, the Government started with the appointment of Permanent Secretaries of ministries, followed by heads of government agencies.
” Our next line of action would now be appointments of other aides and governing boards members of agencies.”
He disclosed that primary health care has special attention from him. Encouraging them that, his administration would always work with non-state partners like them to promote and sustain strong health care delivery system in the state and the nation as a whole.
“Health and education are two cardinal areas our administration takes very seriously. So anything we can do to move to higher levels we shall do that to achieve our desired objectives. While doing that, we would also do our best to always comply with global best practices,” he emphasised.
Ganduje appreciates that, he was happy to know that the coalition of different organisations that paid him a courtesy call, also have working synergy with other development partners that also work alongside the state government in the health sector.
Aliyu Ahmad Barkindo who led the team of the visitors commended governor Ganduje on behalf of all the coalition members, urging him to sustain the good work for the overall development of the health sector in the state.
He was categorical to mention that, “Under Primary Health Care Under One Roof policy (PHCUOR) we commend His Excellency the governor of Kano state, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje for the adoption and approval by the State Executive Council of the minimum service package in 2018, task shifting and sharing policy (TSTS) document in 2017 and the ongoing review of PHC law.”
Barkindo commends that, “The Kano state government budgetary allocation for Routine Immunisation (RI) was released by 100% in 2018 in line with the developed and approved RI work plan.
The Kano state government has allocated Five Hundred Million Naira to cater for RI in 2019 budget. And has so far achieved 50% releases from the annual budget to cater for RI services.”
Not only on these areas, the coalition also commended Ganduje administration for amending its treatment guideline to include Zinc-ORS and Amoxicillin “…as the first line treatment for diarrhoea and pneumonia. Following the revision of the essential drug list in 2016, the state included Zn/ORS and Amoxicillin DT into DRF scheme,” all under achievements in the Child Killer Diseases area.
Not only that, the coalition commended the state government in the area of child birth spacing, showcasing that, “Kano state has adopted three most important national policies on FP, i.e. Task Shifting and Sharing Policy, Free FP Commodity Policy and National FP Blueprint.”
The coalition further appreciates that, “Currently, 756 health facilities provide FP services to women of reproductive age in Kano state with over 500 community health extension workers trained in providing modern contraceptives especially implant and IUD.”
Barkindo, on behalf of the coalition advanced their prayer as, “…increased and sustainable funding for RI in Kano state as palliative measure ahead of the withdrawal of major donor agencies (Dangote and BMGF) in 2021 and lift the embargo on employing health care workers and set up mechanisms for engaging unemployed health training institutions graduates and those providing free services in the health facilities.”
The coalition as an advocacy project has time line of 2018-2022 with focus on Routine Immunisation, Family Planning, Child Killer Diseases and Primary Health Care Under One Roof. The focal states for the project are Anambra, Enugu, Kaduna, Kano, Niger, Rivers, Taraba and Lagos states.
In Kano, the project is being implemented by local non-govermental organisations and other health professional associations. It is managed in Kano, by Medical Women Association of Nigeria, National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, Kano State Branch, and Women In Media Communication Initiative.
Other civil society organisations that made up the PAS Advocacy Coalition in Kano are Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria (FOMWAN), Kano Emirate Council Committee on Health and Human Development (KECCoHD), Society of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians in Nigeria (SOGON),
The Challenge Initiative (TCI), Accountability Mechanism for Maternal and Child Health in Kano State (AMMKaS), Youth Environmental Development Association (YEDA) and Facility Health Committee Alliance (FHCA).