GOVERNOR MASARI’S ACHIEVEMENTS ON HEALTH
Governor Masari’s administration has embarked on, with many already completed, the renovation, rehablitation and remodelling (by 70%) of the General Hospitals at Katsina, Daura, Funtua, Malumfashi, Musawa, Dutsinma, Mani, Baure and Kankiya.
These are being complemented with state-of-the-art equipment to rival the best in the country.
In like manner, health centres in the rest of the local government areas in the state have received treatment commensurate with the status of the locality.
The construction of a Specialist Eye Centre at the General Amadi Rimi Specialist Hospital is in advanced stage of completion.
So far a total of 993 medical and health workers, comprising 110 doctors (including 15 consultants), 250 nurses and 330 midwives and allied health personnel have been recruited, with another batch of 500 medical staff currently being recruited.
30 medical doctors have been granted full sponsorship to pursue residency/specialisation courses.
The college of Nursing and Midwifery has recruited 13 Nursing tutors, five Medical Educators, and one lecturer.
Full sponsorship has been granted for Nurses; 18 Post-Graduate Diploma (Nursing Education), four to study Degree in Nursing (BN.Sc), 11 to study Masters Degree in Nursing (MSc) and 3 Phd.
Additional 200 health workers have been granted approval to undertake full-time and part time studies at home and abroad to build their capacity.
Governor Masari’s administration has not only renovated and upgraded but secured accreditation for Katsina School of Nursing, the first time since it was established in 1956, and doubled its annual students intake from 50 to 120.
The School of Midwifery in Malumfashi and the Schools of Health Sciences at Daura and Kankiya have also been renovated and upgraded.
Perhaps, the icing on the cake in the administration’s expansive intervention in the health sector is the plan establish a state owned Teaching hospital by converting the Federal Medical Centre Katsina, with the support and approval of the Federal Ministry of Health.
The project is so much on course that, all things being equal, would see the light of the day in the next couple of years.
The Masari administration has also constructed 10 health posts at Dajin Rugu Forest for Fulani communities in 10 local government areas (Jibia, Batsari, Dutsinma, Safana, Danmusa, Kankara, Faskari, Danja, Sabuwa and Dandume).
Also, 3 Zonal Cold Stores at Sandamu, Dandume and Kankiya were built and provided with 3 walk-in Cold Rooms, 2 giant generators and 7 number Hilux vans for direct vaccine delivery.
The Comprehensive Health Care Centre at Ketare in Kankara Local Government area was completed, while a similar one at Kafur was fully renovated.
Written by: Abdu Labaran, Director-General on media to Governor Masari.