A group of civil society organisations working in Kano state have conferred an award of excellence on the state’s commissioner for health, Kabir Getso, for his outstanding effort towards ensuring the delivery of quality healthcare services in the state.
Abdulrazaq Alkali, who presented the award to the commissioner on behalf of the civil society organisations, at a ceremony held Tuesday in Kano said the award was in recognition of the commissioner’s “full-pledged cooperation with members of the civil society in the state”.
“His door has always remained open to us for which we were able to achieve a lot working together with him. In particular, we were able to come up with the Kano State Free Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Service Charter in 2016.
“This was a significant achievement because since the introduction of the free maternal and child health services in Kano state back in 2001, making the services effective has remain elusive,” said Alkali, who is the executive director of Organization for Community Civic Engagement (OCCEN), a Kano-based NGO.
He added that despite a lot funds spent by the state and development partners previously as part of effort to make healthcare services for pregnant women and children free in Kano, including sending delegations to countries like Bangladesh and India to understudy how such services were been rendered to citizens, there was nothing to show for it.
Speaking shortly after he was conferred with the award, Kabir Getso, Kano state’s commissioner for health said he dedicated the award to “Kano state government and entire staff of my ministry, the success we have recorded is as a result of their collective support.”
“Health is everything, you need to be healthy to be able to pursue education and work to earn livelihood – it’s strategic. That is why we are trying to ensure quality service delivery including reducing our maternal mortality and morbidity rate, Kano being the state with the highest mortality and morbidity rate in the region,” said Getso
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