Dr. Labaran Eulogizes Gov. Abba Kabir Yusuf for Fulfilling His Promises on Health sector


The Kano State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Abubakar Labaran Yusuf, thumbs up Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf for fulfilling his promises on healthcare system of the state.

The Commissioner made the commendation in a chat with a media consulting firm, monitored by the Public Relations Unit of the Ministry Ibrahim Abdullahi.

He says revamping healthcare system of the state is one of the cardinal objectives of Engr. Abba Kabir Yusuf, hence he didn’t hesitate, upon coming on board, to take drastic steps to correcting the abnormalities.

Dr. Labaran points out that the health amiable Governor has fulfilled some of the promises, while others are on the verge of fulfillment.

He says, “Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf has pledged free maternity services to women of the state. This promise has been fulfilled as recently I distributed drugs and other medical consumables worth N53 million to various health facilities for the benefit of pregnant women and those going to deliver through assisted delivery. I am very much sure the Governor will continue to give free health commodities as he promised throughout his tenure.”

Dr. Labaran also states that, during his campaign, Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf has pledged to bring back Hasiya Bayero Paediatric Hospital which is the only paediatric hospital in the state with 86 bed capacity, attending to at least 3,000 to 5,000 patients daily, elatedly informing people that that promise has been fulfilled as the facility has been retaken and put to use.

“Dishearteningly, the hospital was sold by the previous administration to a crony at the worthless rate of N6 million, while its actual price is more than N6 billion. Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf during his campaign, has vowed to take the facility from whoever it was sold to and return it back to the people of the state.

“Our Governor has visited the hospital within 48hrs of his swearing-in and went round everywhere. He directed the Ministry of Health and its counterpart of Works to henceforth start work in the facility. As I am talking to you, that hospital was re-commissioned and put to use. If you go there, you will see that it has been totally renewed; all its aspects have been taken care of”, explains the Commissioner.

On medical outreach programmme, Dr. Labaran states that His Excellency has directed his ministry to go to the hard to reach areas where people are deprived of healthcare services, maintains that people will be treated and given the free consultations on minor ailments, while be referred to first hospitals on bigger diseases that require strong medical attention.

“I am pleased to inform the good people of the state that Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf has approved the reconstitution of that committee. By the grace of Allah, in the very near future the medical outreach services will be brought back. I am very much assure His Excellency will inaugurate the committee very soon”, he asserts.

The Commissioner points out that, when the present administration came on board it found out that the number of doctors, nurses and other health personnel is grossly inadequate, happily says that his ministry was directed to assess the manpower need in the state and convey to Governor and the government will do the needful in terms of human resource for health.

Also, Dr. Labaran explains that Governor Abba Kabir has promised to build one primary health centre in each political ward of the state, adds that they are assessing all health facilities of the state to see their immediate needs and present to the Governor the areas where primary healthcare centres are earnestly needed.

He asserts that Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf has vowed to bring back the fight against the childhood killer diseases, laments that after Covid-19, routine immunization has been neglected so much that Kano becomes the state with highest number of zero doses of immunization in the whole country.

“This is the reason why we have the upsurge of diphtheria. Kano is the worst hit of the disease as 80% of total diphtheria cases are in the state.

“This is one of the reasons why His Excellency promised the rebirth of the routine immunization. We have started that, and I believed it will continue throughout the tenure of our administration”, the Commissioner avers.

Dr. Labaran blissfully explains that they are on the verge of accomplishing the pledge made by His Excellency of building secondary hospital in each local government of the state, stresses that they are assessing local governments with no secondary health facility so as to submit the report to the Governor for necessary action.

“Another vital promise on health His Excellency is fulfilling is to make our hospitals wear a good look. We have started with Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital, the largest public hospital in West Africa. We are renovating accident and emergency unit of the facility. After that, we will continue with other parts of the facility and move to other hospitals”, he states.

The Commissioner appreciatively commends the giant strides of Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of bringing sanity to health educational institutions of the state as promised.

He notes with dismay of lots of abnormalities and other unethical happenings in the schools discovered by the government and henceforth drastic measures have been taken on one of the schools in order to bring back the lost glory of the institution.

“The schools will go back to normal operations. From this time there have been no more admission racketeering, no more abnormalities and no more over admission. We also found out that the accreditations of the schools had expired or are about to and His Excellency has given us approval to fund all the activities and accreditations of these institutions.

“On this note, I will like to enjoin people of the state to continue identify with the administration of Engr. Abba Kabir Yusuf, because he has the blueprint, determination, commitment and political will to develop the state in all spheres of life of the people of the state”, Dr. Labaran concludes.

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