Kano State Government, says it has concluded plans to float a Health Trust Fund, as part of the on-going initiative to boost health care delivery environment across the state.
To this effect, the state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje is expected to sign into law a Bill recently passed by the State House of Assembly for the establishment of an agency to manage the Trust Fund.
Clarifying issues related to the take- off of the agency, while briefing Journalists for Health, Ibrahim Gesto, Kano state commissioner for health disclosed that the state government has put in place a process for assembling members of a management board for the Fund, as well as employment of staff.
Gesto stated a ‘Dedicated Account’ is to be opened for the Fund in which both the state government and the 44 local Government Councils in the state will be contributing 5% of their Internally Generated Revenue to the fund.
He said another 1 % contribution is expected to be made to the Fund from deductions from public workers, while private endowments, and members of the Organized Private Sector are also expected to made contributions.
In the same vein, the commissioner also disclosed that the state government in collaboration with National primary Health Care Development Agency, and other partner agencies, have mobilized both human and material resources for this month (January ) round of polio immunization campaign.
“I am glad to inform you that for the last 41 months Kano has not recorded a single case of Poliomyelitis in the state and this is as a result of the collective efforts and Government commitment to provision of quality health care services to its teeming populace.
“We are expected to maintain the trend up to the year 2019 when Nigeria as a nation would be certified Polio free. All arrangements for the upcoming IDPs have been completed. The human resource needed for the exercise trained, and social mobilization activities have already begin” he said.
According to the commissioner over 3.3 million children under the age of between 0 to 5 years are to be immunized during the campaign which is programmed to hold on 20th to 23rd of January.
“As our collective fight to end polio draws nearer, one of the collateral consequences of this fight is ending disability resulting from polio disease, and because of it beneficial effect, Kano State Government has renewed its commitment and reinvigorated its resolve to end this major cause of disability through strengthening routine immunization program.
“We doing this through provision of solar direct drives, cold chain equipment, training of healthcare workers and strong intersectional collaboration with stakeholders which has being yielding positive results” Gesto added.