By Usman Usman Garba
Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has expressed that the door of his administration is wide open for collaboration with all partners in an effort to improve delivery of qualitative health care service in the state.
He made the statement on Tuesday while receiving donation and flagging-off of the distribution of Personal Protective Equipments (PPE) supplied by Lafiya Program through the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) to the Primary Health Facilities which held at the State Drugs and Medical Consumables Supply Agency Headquarters in the state.
The Governor, represented by his deputy, Alhaji Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna pointed out that this laudable gesture by Lafiya Programme will strengthen the effort of the state and success recorded in curbing the menace of COVID-19 pandemic.
“This occasion is another milestone in our collaboration with partners and government’s commitment to improve the lives of the people of the state through the establishment of the effective and efficient health delivery system.
“Despite the prevailing financial crunches, we have seen the inception of our administration consistently demonstrated our resolve to improve the health indices of the state by implementing policies and programmes aimed at improving the health status of people of the state.
“However, as everyone knows, our administration has been given top prior attention that health centres deserve.” Ganduje said.
He also assured the judicious use of the donated items and their distributions across the state.
In her remarks, the Regional Coordinator of the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office Nigeria, Hajiya Nafisa Ado said the donation of the personal protective equipments worth over N82 million is meant to support the state government in its effort of protecting the health and lives of the people against the COVID-19 pandemic.
She therefore added that the state government should expect the second batch of PPE’s worth over N280 million on January next year.
She further explained that the FCDO has developed synergy with Kano State health partners including WHO, UNICEF, Core Group, NCDC, African CDC and CHAI to regularly review the State COVID-19 Incidence Action Plan to respond to continue emerging issues on the pandemic and also through the Lafiya Programme, they would continue to support the state to secure N100 million grant from the World Bank.
The regional coordinator applauded the state government on the success achieved in the control of COVID-19 transmission in the state particularly in the conduct of house to house community screening and testing, adding that they have confidence in supporting the good people of the state.