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Kano, DfID sign pact to sustain healthcare delivery



Committed to effective and workable healthcare delivery system in Kano State, the state government yesterday signed an agreement with the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DfID) to help in strengthening institutional synergy in support of the state investments in the healthcare delivery.

The agreement, which was signed at the Governor’s Office between the government, through the governor, Dr. Umar Abdullahi Ganduje and the UK government, through the Head, UK-DfID Nigeria, Miss Debbie Palmer.

As the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Programme (MNCH2) was rounding off next year, concerns had emerged over the continuation and sustainability of the programme, which eventually resulted in the emergence of the Transition and Sustainability Plans to further consolidate all gains, fruited.

The agreement also gave concern to enhancing and safeguarding gains attached to the Primary Health Care System, especially for ‘delivery of care for women, newborns and children in Kano State.’

“In order to reduce household financial hardship, Kano State government will continue to sustain the provision of free MNCH medicines and supplies at health facilities that are currently supported by both DfID and Kano State Government,” clearly stated in the agreement.

While also concerned about women, children, newborns and marginalised communities, the agreement also aimed to ensure effective partnership and ‘high-level commitment to the long-term goal to save and improve the lives of Kano State citizens for generations to come.’

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