The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) decorated the Katsina State Governor and leader of the ruling party, APC in the State with the `Distinguished Service Award’ for what they called the laudable contributions that he is putting in place in the state’s healthcare sector.
The members of the association who paid the courtesy visit to the Governor at Muhammadu Buhari House earlier today, Friday, November 3, 2017 also commended the Governor for the upgrade of all general hospitals in the state, the plans to have a state Teaching Hospital and for taking care of the welfare of medical doctors in the state.
While speaking shortly after he was decorated with the award, the Governor said that no resident will seek medical treatment outside the state by 2021 due to the facilities being provided and the quality of medical services that will be rendered.
He said that his administration decided to focus on quality healthcare delivery to people of the state in line with his campaign promises.
“What we are doing in the health sector is to take action that will bring good healthcare delivery system in the state.
“Sometime last week, I was outside the country where we finalized arrangements to further improve healthcare delivery in our rural healthcare centers.
“We want comprehensive medical services in our rural areas; we knew what we met on ground when we came in 2015; our hospitals and health clinics were in bad shape.
“We met a situation where medical doctors and nurses were leaving for greener pastures while we have a growing population in the state.
“Our approach to healthcare delivery is sustainable. We are putting in place the type of healthcare that in 20 years to come, our people will continue to benefit from the structures we have put in place in our hospitals and clinics,” the governor said.