By Haruna Gimba
The Kano State Government is poised to ensure effective and sustainable healthcare delivery system in the state for the benefit of its teeming populace.
The state commissioner for Health, Dr Kabiru Ibrahim Getso, stated this while declaring open a five-day Operational Guidelines Development workshop organized by the ministry in collaboration with Non-Governmental Organizations DFID-Funded MNCH2 and W4H and CHR taking place in Kaduna state.
The commissioner said weeks ago the Governor Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, assented the law establishing two new agencies under the state ministry of health, Kano state Healthcare Trust fund (KHETFUND) and Private Health Institutions Management Agencies (PHIMA), in a bid to ensure effective services delivery in the state.
The commissioner pointed out that, the KHETFUND is mainly to source and coordinate funds to strengthen the health system and equally cater for those that can’t afford health care services in some specific areas as well as assisting health training institutions under the ministry to function effectively among other interventions.
While PHIMA on the other hand, is essentially to monitor and supervise the activities of private health institutions in the state to ensure strict adherence to the professional ethics thereby safeguarding the health of the people of the state.
Dr Getso enjoined the participants to brainstorm within the timeframe to come up with very good Operational Guidelines for the two agencies which are prerequisites to smooth and effective operations of the new agencies.
In their Goodwill messages, the Team lead MNCH2, Mr Dayyabu Yusuf and Executive Director of CHR, Salisu Musa, commended the Kano state government for its good initiatives to better the lives of the average and even well to do members of the society.
The Commander NDLEA Kano, Alhaji Hamza Umar,Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Herbal Medicines, Ustaz Haroun Ibn Sina and representatives from different groups and civil society organizations are among the participants.