Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has restated determination to continue to support all aspects of primary health care for a healthy population.
Governor Ganduje said the resolution is in line with the administration policy for provision of quality primary health care system in the state.
To further highlight the policy, he referred back to the 2019 Summit, noting that, “to demonstrate our commitment to Primary health care under one roof, following the first ever Summit in 2019, the state government was able to fulfil most of its obligations during the Summit and in some instances, surpassing the promises earlier made.”
The Primary Health Care Investment Summit 2021 was held at the Coronation Hall, Government House, Kano, Tuesday, with the theme ‘Strengthening Primary Health Care Towards Attainment of Universal Health Coverage Through Full Implementation of Minimum Service Package.”
To further enhance government commitment towards primary health delivery system by the administration, he explained that “government is fully committed to implement similar policies, especially by our decision to vigorously implement the minimum service package alongside the Task Shifting and Task Sharing Policy.”
For mutual accountability purposes, he advised that there was a need to set up a committee that would make follow-up to ensure that.
In view of that, therefore, he declared that “the state government has set up a committee under the leadership of the Chairman Governing Board of the State Primary Health Care Management Board, the Madakin Gaya and District Head of Ajingi, and representatives from the office of the Secretary to State Government, Ministry of Health, Ministry for Local Government and representatives from the five emirates in the state with Secretariat at the State Primary Health Care Management Board.”
According to the Governor, the committee would be updating the government and the people of Kano state on regular basis on the achievements and successes recorded.
With this in place, he maintained that, “In order for us to achieve the desired goals, we must collaborate with development partners, government organisations and community. So, all hands must be on deck to also address the long term systematic health care system for the full implementation of the minimum service package.”
The philosophy behind the Investment Summit, according to the Governor, is to create and strengthen synergy that is critical for the overall improvement of the health of Kano people.
That, “It brings together people from different walks of life to synergise and mobilize resources from stakeholders, government, philanthropists, traditional and religious leaders and members of the community,” he added.
Governor Ganduje therefore charged that all stakeholders must remain resolute and continue to work together to get the quality, equitable and reliable health services for the state while assuring that, “we are resolute to continue driving people-oriented policies, and programmes for the betterment of the people of Kano state.”
“To ensure PHC Investment Plan sees the light of the day, the state government is committed to invest resources to improve PHC infrastructure, such as health facility upgrade, procure and distribute best PHC equipments and employment of additional personnel.”
The Summit was well attended by different stakeholders, ranging from primary health care experts, development partners, government agencies, committed individuals and others.
During the Summit, Governor Ganduje presented letters of appointment to 56 newly recruited medical doctors in the state all of whom will be posted to various primary health care facilities across the 44 LGAs in the state.