Kano State Gov. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has announced plans by his administration to provide functional primary healthcare centers in all the 484 political wards in the state.
“This vision is driven by our desire to alleviate the stress on tertiary health care facilities like Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital. Presently the hospital’s capacity has been overstretched due to an increasing number of patients but when you have functional primary health care centers, the burden will be less”, he stated.
“We are also about to start the upgrade of hospitals in our four new Emirates to 400 – bed capacity. When we finish the work and provide them with standard equipment and health workers, it will minimize the need for coming to the city for medical attention”, the governor added.
A statement issued on Saturday by Director-General, Media and Public Relations, to Kano State Governor, Ameen K. Yassar and forwarded to Solacebase said Dr. Ganduje made the assertion while receiving the Chairman, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, AKTH, Board of Directors, Mr. Emma Eneukwu who visited him at the Government House in Kano.
He said the health sector was very critical to his administration as a result of which huge resources were invested in the completion of the Muhammadu Buhari Specialist Hospital and the Isyaku Rabiu Pediatric Hospital which are generally adjudged as the best public health facilities in the country.
“In this direction, we are constructing a Cancer treatment center, similar to the one I saw in Melbourne, Australia. This, also, will hopefully be the first of its kind in this country”, he maintained.
Specifically, on Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, the governor stated that the institution has been collaborating with the state government to promote public health, especially in the area of capacity building of health professionals.
The statement said in a remark earlier, the Chairman, AKTH Board of Directors, Mr. Emma Eneukwu thanked the state governor for constructing the hospital’s Community Medicine Complex and for appointing many personnel of the hospital into key positions in his government.
It noted that the Chairman, however, appealed to the government to help in renovating the road network inside the hospital and to rectify its electricity cables that were damaged as a result of a capital project, under construction in the surrounding area.