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Kano to Establish Oxygen Plant – DG HMB

Isiyaku Ahmed

Kano state government under Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje OFR (Khadimul Islam), in conjunction with development partners, will establish an oxygen plant in the state.

The Director-General (DG), Hospitals Management Board, Dr. Nasiru Alhassan Kabo, disclosed while declaring open a 4-Day Refresher Training for Biomedical Engineers, Technicians, and Health Maintenance Officers of secondary health facilities, held at the Khalifa Isyaku Rabiu Pediatric Hospital conference hall.

The spokesperson of the Board, Ibrahim Abdullahi in a statement on Tuesday said Dr. Kabo asserted that the move is as a result of utmost importance Governor Ganduje places on having sufficient and available oxygen in state-owned hospitals because oxygen is considered life so much that it has now been classified among essential drugs, buttressing that if the plant is fully established, then the availability of oxygen in Kano state would improve significantly.

According to the statement, the Kano state government, in conjunction with Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), had procured oxygen cylinders and other consumables worth hundreds of millions of Naira and distributed them to various hospitals in the state for effective service delivery, he added.

Dr. Kabo also said the government has also formed an oxygen committee comprising experts in the medical field and saddled with the responsibility of coordinating all issues surrounding oxygen in the state, noting that “This shows how serious the Ganduje led administration is in that direction.”    

He then lauded the finest commitment of Khadimul Islam of strengthening the healthcare system of the state by investing lots of resources in providing both physical structures and equipment in hundreds of health facilities at all levels, pointing out that “As managers of these facilities, we must key-in this praiseworthiness ambition of His Excellency, so that together we uplift the hospital’s service delivery in the state.”

On the training, Dr. Kabo said that it was aimed at building the capacities of the engineers on maintenance and troubleshooting/repair of oxygen equipment to brace up and confront any challenge regarding oxygen that might arise at secondary health facilities.

“We have to cultivate maintenance culture to optimize usage of oxygen cylinders. This is because over time, some or almost all of these cylinders, in one way or the other, will become faulty. Some of these faults are repairable.

“Thus, we feel we should institutionalize mechanisms of having periodic maintenance of these cylinders due to the importance attached to oxygen in clinical services”, he said.

The DG charged the participants to give listening ears to what they are going to be taught so that the oxygen equipment in facilities would properly be maintained and not be broken down so that they will last longer.

He assured them that he would table a request before His Excellency seeking approval to employ more biomedical engineers to augment the good works the existing ones have been doing, appealing them to listen attentively and work patiently during both tutorial and practical sessions to achieve the set objectives.

Stating objectives of the meeting, the Director Hospitals Services of the Board, Dr. Abdullahi Dahiru, said that the training was aimed at building the capacity of biomedical engineers and technicians on general equipment/repair and they are to repair the 94 selected faulty oxygen equipment across the secondary health facilities.

Others, according to him, are to enlighten the biomedical engineers and technicians on the national/state policy on oxygen security in Kano as well as to update the roles of biomedical engineers on plan preventive maintenance.

The training had gracious attendance of all line Directors of the Board and management staff, members of the State Committee of Oxygen Desk as well as representatives of Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) throughout the training.

Various presentations were made by specialists in the field of engineering after which the participants were classified to conduct the practical aspect of the training.     

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