*Radda pledges comprehensive reforms of the sector
Katsina State Health Needs Assessment Committee says the healthcare sector, faces critical needs for immediate action in several areas to prevent disruption of health services.
The committee, led by Haliru Lawal, a pharmacist, in its comprehensive report, highlighted the urgent necessity of bolstering manpower in government – owned health facilities. The report, according to a statement by Ibrahim Kaula Mohammed, the spokesman of the State Governor, Dr. Dikko Umar Radda, also recommended aligning salaries and allowances in Katsina’s health sector with Federal Civil Service standards to attract and retain motivated experts in the state’s healthcare system.
Moreover, it recommended the establishment of dedicated committee to determine the financial requirements for addressing equipment and facilities shortage, essential for effective budgeting and planning.
The report which outlined the findings of a thorough assessment of Katsina’s health sector, also highlighted urgent needs and recommendations for the improvement of healthcare services across the state, Gov Radda heard.
While receiving the report, the Governor of Katsina State pledged the commitment of his administration to carrying out a comprehensive reform of the state’s healthcare sector.
Governor Radda assured that he would carefully examine the document and implement the Committee’s recommendations.
He commended the panel’s dedication and assured that the document would be revisited in due course for further deliberation.
The assessment encompassed a wide range of healthcare facilities, including Specialist and Specialty Hospitals, General Hospitals, Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs), and Health Training Institutions. The study covered all three senatorial zones, providing a holistic view of Katsina’s healthcare landscape.
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