Ganduje spends 350m on childhood diseases’ prevention

Ganduje spends 350m on childhood diseases’ prevention

Kano State government has spent over N350 million on Childhood diseases in the State. Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano, said about 3.2 million children under the age of five and pregnant women are targeted in the second round of 2019 Maternal Newborn and Child Health Week that is billed to begin next Monday. Usman Bala

Kano State government has spent over N350 million on Childhood diseases in the State.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano, said about 3.2 million children under the age of five and pregnant women are targeted in the second round of 2019 Maternal Newborn and Child Health Week that is billed to begin next Monday.

FILE COPY: A CHILD BEING VACCINATED AGAINST PREVENTABLE DEADLY DISEASES BY A HEALTH CARE GIVER, FLANKED BY MOTHER AND CHILDREN

Usman Bala Muhammad, the Permanent Secretary of the State Ministry of Health at a Media briefing at the Weekend, said the exercise across the 44 Local Government Areas of the State.

He noted that “the number of targeted newborn and under-five children in Kano State is 3.2 million in the expanded programme.

“So, over 60,000 pregnant women are coming for the first ante-natal visit. Also, I want to emphasise that presently, pregnant women constitute about 20 percent of the entire population of Kano.

“So, from this statistics, you can deduce the number of pregnant women to benefit from this week-long programme.

KANO STATE GOVERNOR, ABDULLAHI GANDUJE

“In relation to the amount of money to be expended on this programme, I tell you that over N250 million has been earmarked for the purchase of treated nets that are going to be distributed during the programme. For other services, over N100 million would be expended to ensure the success of the programme”.

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The Permanent Secretary assured that “during this week long campaign, household heads will allow their wives to visit the more than 1,200 healthcare facilities across the 44 Local Government Areas of the State, to access the designated Healthcare Services that are available, free of charge, for the benefit of our women and children who are the future of our State.

“It is also pertinent to highlight at this juncture that the campaign is planned to hold across all primary and secondary healthcare facilities from 19th August to 23rd August 2019, at designated service points within the various Communities.”

CHILDREN SUFFERING FROM CHILDHOOD DISEASES

UNICEF and the World Health Organisation (WHO), National Population Commission (NPC),
Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), MNCH2, Aliko Dangote Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, HSDF, Society for Family Health (SHF), in areas of immunisation, nutrition, malaria control, HIV and AIDS, Integrated Maternal Newborn and Child Healthcare system are the key development partners.

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