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  • Updated: May 09, 2024

Katsina: Radda receives award for health reforms, commits to rural healthcare delivery

Katsina: Radda receives award for health reforms, commits to

Katsina Governor, Dikko Umaru Radda has received an award from the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, for his healthcare reforms in the state.

The award was presented to the governor on Wednesday during the association's 64th Annual General Scientific Conference and Delegates Meeting, AGSC&DM, 2024, taking place at the CICC Summit Hills in Calabar, Cross Rivers State.

Presenting the award, the NMA President (Dr) Uche R. Ojinmah said it was in recognition of the governor's leadership in healthcare reforms in Katsina.

The Governor's Chief Press Secretary, Ibrahim Kaula Mohammed stated this in a statement on Thursday, adding that the governor has reiterated his commitment to ensuring rural healthcare delivery in the state. 

He pledged his administration's commitment to bringing quality healthcare closer to rural communities in the state.

According to Mohammed, the governor also paid an inspection visit to the ongoing expansion project at the Faskari Healthcare Center, which is being upgraded to a General Hospital. 

He said the governor expressed satisfaction with the project's progress and quality of work and stressed the importance of timely completion while urging the contractor to expedite the construction process to allow for the hospital's full operation.  

He added that the governor also "took time to visit some patients admitted to the hospital and provided them with financial support to address their medical needs."

The governor's spokesperson further highlighted Governor Radda's achievements in the health sector.

He outlined the achievements, including the inauguration of the State Health Council, sponsorship of 41 medical students to study MBBS in Egypt, with payment of tuition fees for the first two years, increased entry points for medical doctors and upward revision of residency allowances and approval of residency training program at the federal teaching hospital.

He added that other achievements included the recruitment of 41 medical doctors, 40 nurses and midwives, 8 medical laboratory scientists, and 5 pharmacists, the development of e-health solutions for 7 health facilities, implementation of a monthly Polio outbreak response program to address circulating mutant poliovirus, renovation and upgrade of selected hospital facilities, training of healthcare workers on Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses, IMCI, the conduct of a State Training of Trainers program for the transition of Voluntary Community Mobilizers to Community Health Influencers, Promoters, and Services roles, construction of a new dialysis centre at the Amadi Rimi General Hospital, Katsina and the upgrade of the Faskari Comprehensive Health Centre to a General Hospital, among others.

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