By: Mukhtar Yahaya Shehu
The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa dropped the hint in a two day Bi-annual Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response (MPDSR) Review Meeting, held in Kaduna State.
In a statement signed by the Information officer state ministry for health Ibrahim Abdullahi said MPDSR is a systematic analysis of quality of care that includes diagnosis, treatment, care and outcome for patients to assess the extent to which patients were served or not with specified standards of care within the facility.
Dr. Tsanyawa explained that the Ganduje led administration is doing a lot in addressing the menace of maternal morbidity and mortality as well as the mortality of under five children, adding that the important step Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has adopted is the revitalization of health centres across the 44 local governments.
His words, “We all know that health centres are the primary points of contact with a patient. These facilities are very much closer to the communities that provide easy access to healthcare delivery to the people.
“We all know that these facilities have for long been dilapidated, resulting in creating a vacuum in health service delivery and causing a delay in access to care to the patients.
“That is why Governor Ganduje is doing tremendously to revitalize these facilities in line with the minimum package policy of the Federal Ministry of Health.”
He appreciably maintained that government is also doing its possible best to provide the basic equipments needed in these facilities and the required human resource for health that will manage them and provide the efficient service delivery and quality care to the teeming clients across the state in both primary and secondary health facilities.
The Commissioner further stated that in order to keep health workers abreast of the modern skills in healthcare system, the Kano State government has established a state owned teaching hospital to be training doctors, in addition to commencement of residency training especially in obstetrics and gynaecology in the same facility with a view to ensure that specialist care is provided to the people of the state.
He further said Kano state government is exceedingly concern with material and perinatal mortality rate in the state.
Dr. Tsanyawa then commended the participants for having time to participate in the workshop despite their tight schedules, saying, “This has portrayed your passion, concern and zeal to see the reduction of maternal morbidity and mortality as well as the mortality of under five children in our dear state.”
Enumerating the objectives of the workshop, the Director Public Health and Disease Control of the Ministry, Dr. Ashiru Rajab represented by the Programme Manager Leprosy and Tuberculosis, Dr. Ibrahim Aliyu Rano, said that it is aimed at disseminating findings from the quarterly mentoring of facilities MPDSR process and major causes of maternal and perinatal death in Kano State as reported by various primary and secondary health facilities and to link MPDSR with findings from integrated supportive supervision, logistics and supply chain managements.
Others, according to him, is to develop action plan to avert future maternal and perinatal death and to strengthen the community MPDSR implementation in the state.