By Usman Shuaibu
The United Kingdom government has donated drugs and equipment to Kano state, through the UK Department For International Development’s (DFID) MNCH2 program, managed by Palladium Organization.
Disclosing this during a courtesy call to the governor, the Chief Executive Officer of Palladium, Mr Kim Bredhauer, said they were very happy with the way the Kano government showed greater concern to the health care system in the state.
He revealed that, “This is the third trench of drugs and equipment we are bringing to Kano state. Drugs and equipment worth N780m were planned to be for the state. So far over 80 percent of these drugs and equipment are received by the state government.”
“Kano is one of the states in the federation that are doing their best in making sure that drugs are accessible. These drugs and equipment are coming from the United Kingdom government,” he maintains.
Mr Bredhauer appreciated that without the support of the governor and his government the partnership between them wouldn’t have been possible, assuring that they would continue to support the state to fulfill its vision.
The Palladium CEO is on working trip to Nigeria and Ghana. While in Nigeria, he will visit six states, including Kano.
Palladium manages among others, Maternal Newborn and Child Health 2 (MNCH2) which focuses mainly on maternal and child health care system.
In his remarks Governor AbdullahiGanduje thanked the DFID and Palladium for their continued and effective intervention in the health care delivery system in the state, emphasising that, “…today is a historic day because we are coming face to face with those who have been assisting our health care facilities in the state.”
“You are doing extremely well for our health services in the state. Your intervention in our health care system is enormous. We are sure that you can see the enormous challenges we have because of our population. Being the most populous state in the country,” Ganduje stated.
He assured them of a continuous cooperation stressing that, “We are ready to give you all the necessary cooperation for you to effectively intervene. While commending your efforts, I want assure you that transparent use of all resources, government and non-government is always our watchword.”
Gov. Ganduje maintained that his government would always be ready to be a serious partner. Insisting that, “We must be able to further strengthen and use the strength of the relationship between us. And you will continue to enjoy working with us. That, I assure you.”
Earlier the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Kabir Ibrahim Getso disclosed that Palladium led the effort which saw to the domestication of Task Shift Policy in the state.