The Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN), Kano State Branch has indicated interest to adopt the Kabuga Primary Health-Care Center (PHC), Kano for the improvement of maternal, new born and child health.
The disclosure was made by Dr. Rahila Murkthar during advocacy visit to the Executive Secretary (ES), State Primary Health Care Development Agency (SPHCDA) Dr. Tijjani Hussain.
She said the agreement to choose Kabuga PHC was done during MWAN inaugural meeting.
“Through this facility, we intend to carry out its community services, sensitization, trainings, outreaches advocacies in order to improve specific indicators related to maternal and child health”, she added.
Dr Rahila also revealed that the organization has conducted a number of activities which includes support for girl child education, personal hygiene lectures in secondary schools, career guidance and talks, deworming in primary schools.
“We have treated minor and major illnesses, referred severe cases to hospitals and link patients up with our consultants for further treatment and evaluation”, she added.
Presently, she said MWAN, in support of girl child education, intends to encourage girls by giving awards to best performing girl student in selected secondary schools.
Under the dRPC PAS Project, Dr. Rahila said MWAN team led other civil society organizations to advocate for the creation of a governing board for Kano State Primary Health Care Management Board, which she said has come to past; adding that MWAN is now working in the area of routine immunization and childhood killer diseases.
Responding, the Executive Secretary, State Primary Health Care Development Agency Dr. Tijjani Hussain appreciated the support of MWAN through the PacFa@Scale Project especially around the routine immunization.
He commended MWAN for pushing forward the agenda that actualized the Governing Board of the State Primary Health Care Development Agency.
“The talks around creating the governing board has been around for almost ten years, you stepped in and made it a reality”, he appreciated.
Dr. Hussain also commended the group for adopting a PHC to render community health services for women and children, saying our communities are deprived of needed skills and manpower, services are not a par to what people need, so MWAN being in the facility will certainly improve the skills of personnel.
He requested for a synergy with MWAN aimed at training young medical doctors and those that will be recruited by the board to improve their administrative and clinical skills to render quality services at various PHC and Hospitals and in the state.
Dr Hussain said the choice of Kabuga is perfect and the board has approved its adoption.
MWAN Excos at the meeting were President Elect, Dr Halima Adamu, Treasurer, Dr. Imani Haruna, Financial Secretary, Dr. Zainab Umar, PRO, Dr. Hajara Maizare