It was gathered that the Federal Government has approved a loan request of $110 million from the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) to improve health care delivery in Katsina State
Commissioner for Health in the state, Hajiya Mariatu Bala-Usman, said the loan, if granted, would be used essentially to develop and upgrade primary health care in the 34 local government areas of the state.
The Commissioner spoke last Saturday at the Annual General Meeting of the Katsina State chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), in her paper titled, “Challenges facing health care delivery in Katsina State and the way forward.”
According to her, “we appreciate that we have challenges in the healthcare delivery in the state but we are working hard to tackle the challenges with a view to ensuring that the larger percentage of our people in the state get access to quality health care.
“Among the challenges being faced in the state are late reporting of sickness at hospitals by many people due to ignorance and illiteracy as well as poor post-natal attendance at hospitals by nursing mothers especially after giving birth, for necessary follow ups for new born babies.
“Many of the locations being used for primary health care in the state have dilapidated structures while there is lack of commitment by the personnel in the health centres because many of them are casual staff.
“However, the current regime in the state has improved on what it met on ground and I assure you that government is fully committed to quality health care delivery in the state. We will succeed but we must work hard.”
Also speaking at the programme, the Wazirin Katsina, Prof. Sani Lugga , urged medical doctors to consider their work humanitarian assistance, arguing that doctors’ rewards are both here in the world and in the world beyond.
His words, “You should see your callings as those that God will reward you here on earth and in the life beyond adding that, “I therefore enjoin you to practise with the fear of God and with human compassion.”