By; FUNMI ADERINTO, Kaduna
The acting Governor of Kaduna State, Dr Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe, on Tuesday, said that, the state has been applauded as the best performing state in the area of routine immunization in the North West.
Dr. Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe stated this at the dissemination meeting on the Kaduna State Primary Healthcare (PHC) Management Capacity Strengthening Project (KPMSP) held in Kaduna.
The project was conceived as part of Kaduna State Government’s efforts to address challenges affecting healthcare delivery at the PHC level in the state.
The acting governor said, “I believe this is an event significant in contributing towards attaining sustainable health for our beloved people in Kaduna State, while also making inroads towards meeting global goal number three on good health and wellbeing of our beloved people.”
She said that since the inception of Governor Nasir el-Rufai-led administration in 2015, deliberate and conscious efforts have been made to push for improvement in the primary healthcare system with the aim of cultivating and strengthening human capital development.
Adding that, “el-Rufai-led administration has in that dream, made significant investments in the PHC sub sector of the state.”
According to her, 255 PHCs were renovated and equipped to standard and the procurement was N3.5 billion.
She also explained that 1,205 PHC workers were absolved into the system to enable provision of the minimum package of care with a view to improving health survival and wellbeing of residents across the state.
Explaining further, she said, “in 2016, the government signed a Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with Bill & Melinda Gates and Aliko Dangote foundations, and they are also working with other relevant partners committed to strengthening primary routine immunization in the state. This was reviewed afterwards to take aspects of primary healthcare. This efforts are still yielding beautiful fruits.”
Dr. Balarabe commended the management and staff of the state primary healthcare board and their counterparts at the local government and other relevant partners and the ministry.
“I must say there’s still room for improvement because we are not the routine best in immunization in the country, what I vision is that we will be the best,” she assured.
The acting governor made an appeal to all the primary healthcare workers to be dedicated and to put into practice new knowledge for the benefit of the people of the state.
She thanked all who contributed and have made the meeting a success.
She also thanked participants for availing themselves so that the project can achieve its goal.
“I also look forward to your recording many more first in health services performance for the greater good of our people,” she said.
The deputy governor explained that the goal of the project is to improve identified managerial skills and capacity gaps of PHC managers in seven thematic areas, Data Management, Human Resource Management, Financial Management, Supply Chain and Inventory Management, Planning and Community Relations, Facility Management and Quality Management.