From Mustapha Adamu, Kano
The United Kingdom has donated drugs and equipment worth N1 billion, through Palladium project, sponsored by Department For International Development, DFID, to Kano State government.
Speaking, yesterday during a courtesy call on the state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje,the Chief Executive Officer of Palladium, Mr Kim Bredhauer, said the gesture was appreciation for the governor’s commitments towards effective healthcare delivery on the citizenry.
According to Bredhauer, the UK government was keenly following the health interventions by the Ganduje’s administration, adding they were very happy with the way the state government shows greater concern to the health care system.
He revealed that “This is the third trench of drugs and equipment we have donated to Kano 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 equipments are coming from the government of United Kingdo,” he said.
Bredhauer noted that without the support of Ganduje and his government, the partnership between them would not have been possible.
He assured that they would continue to support the state as part of their encouragement strategy.
The Palladium Boss was on working trip to Africa, to visit Nigeria and Ghana, as he would visit only six states in Nigeria, including Kano.
Palladium has programmes like Maternal Newborn and Child Health 2 (MNCH2) under the project. They are concerned with maternal and child health care system in the state.
In his remarks governor Ganduje commended Palladium for their continued and effective intervention in the health care delivery system in the state.
He emphasised that, “today is a historic day because we are coming face to face wth 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.”