The contribution of the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) to the sustainability of the state Free Maternal and Child Health Programme has been described as a laudable gesture.
This was made known by the Director General Hospitals Management Board, Dr. Nasiru Alhassan Kabo, while receiving drugs and medical consumables donated to the programme by the CHAI on Tuesday.
Dr. Kabo said that the state committee on maternal and child health, on behalf of the State Government, Ministry of Health and Hospitals Management Board, is sincerely appreciating the noticeable gesture, pledging for judicious utilisation to the intended beneficiaries.
“It is on record that the Kano state government has been sponsoring free maternal and child health programme for about two decades. The number of lives that have being saved through the programme is enormous. Therefore, the programme is contributing significantly to the lives of people of the state,” said he.
Represented by the Director Medical Services of the Board, Dr. Sulaiman Hamza Mudi, Dr. Kabo further pointed out that with the increasing number of deliveries from within and outside the state coupled with pulling out of MNCH2 programme, the major partner, due to its expiration has resulted in deficit of the commodities being given to the pregnant women for safe delivery.
He noted that in view of the importance of the programme and the achievements so far recorded, some organisations such as the National Association of Industrial Pharmacists donated drugs and consumables to the programme to ensure its sustainability.
Dr. Kabo then commended the CHAI for the wonderful and heartwarming gesture, stressing that “It will go a long way in boosting the activities of the committee and providing the needed drugs and consumables for safe deliveries of the teeming pregnant women.”
He then enjoined wealthy individuals, organisations and other partners to also follow suit in donating the needed commodities to the programme in order to reduce maternal and prenatal mortality in the state.
Earlier in her remarks, the representative of the CHAI at the occasion, Dr. Halima Sanda, said that they are poised to support Kano state government by donating free maternal and child health commodities.
She said that the commodities were purchased as a result of counterpart funding agreement entered into between the Kano state government and CHAI, thanking the state government for making sure that its contribution has been duly donated and on time.
Dr. Halima expressed satisfaction with the utilisation of the commodities to the intended beneficiaries, hoping that the tempo will be sustained for the benefit of pregnant women and children under five years of age.