Following an intervention of a Kano based nongovernmental organization, development Research and Project Center (dRPC), the state government has promised to provide Kunchi Local Government health facility with a medical doctor.
The NGO has earlier lamented that absence of even a single doctor, staff quarters and other basic facilities in the hospital of the area affect the basic health needs of the entire Local Government area.
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Director, Public Health and Disease Control in the state’s Ministry of Health, Dr Ashiru Rajab, made the promise on Friday, on behalf of the state’s Commissioner for Health, Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa, during an outreach by the Emir of Bichi, Alhaji Nasiru Ado Bayero in Kunchi.
Dr Rajab who is also the Secretary, Kano Emirates Committee on Health also said, “One of the challenges they identified was that the Kunchi hospital runs 24 hours daily, but there is no even one medical doctor, we are very much aware that the Kano State Primary Healthcare Management Board (KSPHCMB) has recently recruited about 50 doctors, who are currently undergoing orientation at the state level.
“So, we will pass the message to the KSPHCMB Executive Secretary, through the Commissioner for Health, to see the possibility of posting one of these medical officers to this facility in order to improve the health facility.
Earlier, the Emir of Bichi, Alhaji Nasiru Bayero, said the outreach was to sensitise residents of the area on the importance of immunization, antenatal care, child nutrition and use of insecticide treated mosquito nets.
He said “From the available record, Kunchi is one of the Local Government areas that are still lagging behind in the areas of child immunisation and other health programs in the state.
“That is why we ordered our District Heads, Village and Ward Heads to make sure that people take their children for immunization and that they were sensitised on the importance of providing nutritious food to them,” Emir Bayero added.
Earlier, dRPC Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health at Scale Project (PAS) Project Chairman in Kano, Dr Rahila Mukhtar said they had earlier visited health facilities in Yandadi, Kunchi and Kasuwar Kuka in the area, together with representatives of the District Hear of the area.
She also said the NGO had also donated some toiletries, detergents, BP apparatus, buckets and other essential facilities needed in the hospitals visited.
Dr Rahila also said all their findings will be submitted to the relevant health bodies in the state for them to be addressed.
Daily Trust observed that aside from the absence of any general hospital in the area, most of the health facilities there, usually refer residents of the area to the neighbouring facilities in Bichi, or even Kazaure in the nearby Jigawa state.