Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State , Northwest Nigeria, has won the nation’s “Champion of Primary Health Care”. Award in recognition of his commitment not only to the development of primary healthcare system , but replicating global best practice.in the State
Ganduje Wins Nigeria’s Champion of Primary Health Care Award
Such award was last given out by the Federal Government 27 years ago, according to
the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Emmanuel Enahire and the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shu’aib .
The ceremony was held on Tuesday at the 2020 Primary Health Care Summit in Kano.
Giving an insight into the Award , Dr Shu’aib said “We looked at the quality leadership that gave birth to effective and efficient primary health care delivery system, with good budgetary provision to the sub-sector and good management, before we arrived at the winner of the Award.”
He added that the incredible leadership demonstrated by the governor, in his un-tiring effort in developing primary health care in the state, which culminated into making other state to copy from Kano, was another reason why the governor exhibited multi-faceted feats being achieved in the health care sector.
On his part, the Minister observed that the rate at which Kano is moving in the development of the primary health care system, is encouraging and superb.
Unveiling the process that led to the emergence of Ganduje as the Champion of Primary Health Care in the country, Minister Enahire reveals that, “We at the Ministry, we are united in arriving at the decision that led to the Award of this merit to His Excellency Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.”
Explaining that, all the indices used before they arrived at this level, were scientifically proven, that they all appreciated the immense contributions of the governor in the area mentioned, primary health care delivery syste
Declaring the Summit opened, the Minister acknowledged the efforts of the governor in the health sector generally.
“This is my third coming to Kano in less than a Month. This, signifies that, Kano is doing well in the sector. Because I cannot just be coming without being satisfied that the governor is doing very well.”
Dr Enahire contended that, Kano state under Ganduje understands the importance of health sector and not at the detriment of other sectors of the state, “Because we have been following trends and see for ourselves. Dr Ganduje is that governor who believes in healthy society. And who works towards improving same.”
Contributing , the Executive Director NPHCDA, Dr Shu’aib, recalled how Kano state under governor Gaduje fought Polio incessantly and unrelentedly, “…since when the governor was a Deputy Governor. Kano state and the nation in general, would not forget your efforts towards that,” he said.
“While His Excellency the governor came up with the idea of Health Care Influencers, as another strategy to strengthen primary health care delivery system, it is on record that, other states see wisdom in the style. It is known to all that, the governor is doing extremely amazing things in this sector”.
According to him, the women participation as Influencers is another way of helping the primary health care sector become more entrenched and with more grassroot support, where sense of ownership would be achieved.
In his remarks, the governor said “This Summit heralds a milestone in the health sector, particularly primary health care delivery in the state. We all believe that the welfare of our people from the grassroot is another cornerstone.”
Adding that, the state is putting good resources towards achieving effective and efficient primary health care delivery system in the state.
The Minister was later taken to the State Cancer Centre, which is under construction.
He also had a brief interaction with some women who were taken to the nearby Muhammadu Buhari Specialist Hospital, a few meters away from the Cancer Centre, for free screening as part of the Year 2020 World Cancer Day.