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Published On: Thu, Feb 13th, 2020

2 Nigerians test negative of Coronavirus, says Minister

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From Mustapha Adamu, Kano

Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Emmanuel Ehanire, yesterday confirmed that two suspected cases of Coronavirus has so far been tested negative after diagnosis in the country.
Ehanire disclosed this while declaring open, a two-day, Kano State Primary Health Summit, held at Government House, Kano state.
The minister affirmed that the country is fortified with three well-equipped centres to diagnose the deadly disease and other viral infections, adding that an emergency ambulance would soon be launched in Abuja.
He explained that the Federal Government has already provided adequate mechanisms at all entry points in the country to screen all incoming passengers to ascertain their health status in order to prevent possible carriers from gaining entrance into the country.
Also, at the occassion, the minister said the Federal Government has awarded Kano state Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje the Nigeria’s champion of primary healthcare delivery.
Ganduje is the second person receiving award of such nomenclature 27 years after.
Enahire said the award was bestowed on Ganduje for his continued effort in the development of primary healthcare system in the state, in line with global best practice.
Earlier in his remarks, the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shu’aib disclosed that, “the last time such award was given, was for the last 27 years. Here we are awarding Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje with it, Champion of Primary Health Care.
“We looked at the quality leadership that gave birth to effective and efficient primary health care delivery system, with good budgetary provision to the sub-sector and good management, before we arrived at the winner of the award.”
He added that the incredible leadership demonstrated by Ganduje, in his untiring effort in developing primary health care in the state, which culminated into making other state to copy from Kano, was another reason why the Governor exhibited multi-faceted feats being achieved in the healthcare sector.
He particularly commended Ganduje for his resolve to stamp out polio in the state, adding that, “since when the Governor was a Deputy Governor, Kano state and the nation in general, would not forget your efforts towards polio eradication.
“While His Excellency the Governor came up with the idea of Health Care Influencers, as another strategy to strengthen primary health care delivery system, it is on record that, other states see wisdom in the style. It is known to all that, the Governor is doing extremely amazing things in this sector.”
According to him, the women participation as Influencers is another way of helping the primary health care sector become more entrenched and with more grassroot support, where sense of ownership would be achieved.
He also disclosed that the Federal Government has released over N9.8b to support and end polio virus in the country.
In his remarks, Ganduje said, “this Summit heralds a milestone in the health sector, particularly primary health care delivery in the state. We all believe that the welfare of our people from the grassroots is another cornerstone.”
Ganduje, however, conducted Dr. Enahire and his entourage to the State Cancer Centre, which is under construction, which the Vice President Prof, Yemi Osinbajo laid its foundation few weeks back.
Over 500 women were taken to Muhammadu Buhari Specialist Hospital for free Cancer screening, as part of activities to mark the year 2020 World Cancer Day.

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