Masari Spends N700m on Four Upgraded Hospitals’ Equipment
As the renovation and Re-modeling of Katsina, Daura, Funtua and Kankia General Hospitals are nearing completion, Governor Aminu Bello Masari has released N700 million for the purchase of modern equipment for the upgraded hospitals.
The governor, represented by his deputy, Alhaji Mannir Yakubu, who disclosed this during the 24th anniversary and book launch of Diabetes Association of Nigeria (DAN) in Katsina yesterday, also said the government is repositioning its health sector for better results with budgetary provision of N1.3 billion for Katsina Teaching Hospital project.
Masari noted that his administration made a budgetary provision of one billion naira for the renovation and upgrading of Musawa, Jibia, Baure, Malumfashi and Dutsin-ma General Hospitals this year and recently employed over 500 health personnel to improve the provision of effective health care services in the state.
He called on both governmental and non-governmental organisations to collaborate with Diabetes Association of Nigeria (DAN) and offer assistance to diabetes patients across the state and beyond.
“This could be in a form of provision of or subsidizing diabetic drugs as well as supply of recommended diets for diabetics,” Masari said.
Earlier in his remarks, national president of the association and Chief Medical Director of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH) Bauchi, Dr. Muhammad Alkali, appealed to state governments to domesticate Federal Government’s policy of screening every patient attending tertiary hospitals for diabetes.
Alkali said domestication of the policy is imperative as half of about 415 million diabetics in 2015 worldwide did not know that they were living with the ailment.
In his presentation, Prof. A. G. Bakari, of the department of medicine, ABU, Zaria, said in 2015 about five million people died of diabetes, adding that the figure showed that 10 people died every minute from diabetes that year.
The medical expert asserted that statistics showed that the prevalence of diabetes would exceed 642 million by the year 2040.
The guest speaker, Justice Musa Danladi Abubakar, advocated the need for government to develop a support policy for diabetic within its healthcare system and for religious leaders to play more active role in enlightening their followers on the necessity of managing diabetes.
“Getting acquainted with the disease and actively participating in the treatment is important, since complications are far less common and less severe in people who have well managed blood sugar levels,” he advised.