By: Joy Odor/Kaduna
The Kaduna State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Paul Dogo has disclosed that the state has recruited one-hundred medical doctors and consultants, one-thousand nurses and midwives, twenty-five pharmacists, fifty pharmacists’ technicians, ten laboratory scientists and thirty laboratory technicians’ health professionals.
Others, he said, include twenty nutritionists, ten psychotherapists, ten medical records and ten radiography after receiving four-hundred-and-eighteen employment letter from civil service commission, saying after their appointment letters are releases, posting to health facilities will commence across the twenty-three local government areas in the state.
The Health Commissioner made the disclosure in his remark at the State Maternal Accountability Mechanism (KADMAM)Third Quarterly Interactive Forum Health Sector Performance Review from January to June 2017 and presentation of Kaduna State Maternal Newborn Child Health Score Care tagged: “#Open Kaduna Health Sector” on Thursday in Kaduna, North-west, Nigeria.
Dr. Dogo also informed that the state government is committed to providing healthcare to its citizens and has embarked on providing free medical treatment to the elderly from 70 years above with 2 types of diseases that are prevalent in the age group.
According to him, the diseases are hypertension and diabetes, saying the state is prepared to spend two-hundred-thousand naira per annual, per a patient to cover their financial cost when admitted to any of the general hospital under the cash cover program.
Already, he said, the state government has donated drugs worth thirteen million naira, recruited two-hundred health workers that will directly work in taking care of the elderly as they have been trained on the modern management of hypertension and diabetes to administer credible treatment to the senior citizen.
The Commissioner mentioned that in collaboration with a French pharmaceutical industry that will provide the drugs, the company also has a life insurance for all the elderly that will be register and should anything happen to them, there will amount of money that will be paid to their families.
Speaking on behalf of the Acting Executive Secretary of Kaduna State HIV/AIDS and Control Agency (KASACA) Dr. Mike Anthony said during the period under review, the Agency find out that there is a high level of incidence of HIV/AIDS prevalence among the adolescent and young person.
According to him, the adolescent and young person have been neglected over the period of implementation and respond to HIV/AIDS in the state, saying the focus now is on the target groups and seven local government have been identify who have develop work plan to respond.
They are Igabi, Jama’a Jaba, Lere Brinin Gwari, Kagarko and Chukun as they have been used as pilot project and based on the outcome we should be scale up to other LGA.
Dr Anthony stated that notification and certificate of an award has been given to contractors to supply anti-retroviral drugs, HIV testing kit, laboratory chemistry re-agent, preliminary reaction re-agent, dry blood spot kit which amount to three hundred and eighteen million, six hundred and four-thousand, nine-hundred-and sixty-three naira and supply is been awaited soon.
In her presentation, the Executive Secretary of Drugs and Medical Supply Management Agency, Pharmacists Ramatu AbdulKadir said the Agency has been working on transforming they drug supply team as their mission is to save lives, promote health through end-to-end visible, functional and well co-ordinated goal standard supply chain management system in the state.
She noted that the Agency has employed some additional principles to help in the transformation for commitment and sustainability by looking at the different mode of the supply chain which is inventory management, distribution system data collection, management system, financial management system for onward improvement.
While Huwal Waziri who represented the Executive Secretary, Primary Health Care Development Agency (PHCDA) Dr. Hadiza Balarabe disclosed that in 2016 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) comprehensive diagnosis on demand generation, service delivery and governance shows that there is limited geographical access of the people to the health facilities and cultural norms affecting the access of the services.
Under supply, he said, the facilities have limited capacity in terms of readiness to provide the services, the essential commodities are very limited and poor resource of human on health while under the governance, it was find out that there is fragmentation and accountability issues with the management of PHC system.
Dr. Hadiza Balarbe however informed that the MOU seeks to strengthen organization management capacity of PHCDA, data and performance management, financial management that will be address.
The stakeholders at the forum however, enjoined the state government to expedite action in ensuring that each of the 255 Primary Health Centres (PHCs) are built and equipped to national standards.