Some of the maternal drugs distributed by the Kano state government. Photo: Khadija Aliyu
Kano state government says it has spent over N15 million for the procurement of free maternal commodities in the month of January, 2023.
The Director-General, Kano state Hospitals Management Board, Dr Nasiru Alhassan Kabo made the disclosure during the flag-off of the distribution exercise at Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital, Kano.
Dr Kabo, who was represented by the Director, Medical Services, Kano state hospitals management board, Dr Sulaiman Hamza Mudi said from January to December, 2022, a total of 15,577 babies were delivered, with 1,799 deliveries through free Caeserian Surgery at Murtala Muhammad specialist hospital.
“the gesture is part of the state’s effort’s to reduce the high rate of maternal mortality and morbidity,” Dr Mudi said.
He called on wealthy Individuals and development partners to continue supporting the state by contributing their quota to the “noble gesture” for the benefit of the teeming populace in the state.
Commending the Free Maternal Drugs Monitoring Committee for it’s “commitment and dedication”, the director-general charged beneficiaries to make judicious use of the drugs and consumables in order to maintain a healthy society.
Receiving the items, a staff of Murtala Muhammad specialist hospital, Hajiya Hussaina Sani commended the state government for the initiative, saying that the “kind gesture” would “go a long way” in uplifting health standards in line with global practice.
The Kano state government, through the State Hospitals Management Board, distributes free drugs and consumables to various medical centres monthly, as part of efforts to curtail maternal mortality and morbidity in the state.
Reporting by Khadija Aliyu; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino and Tony Okerafor