By Yakubu Salisu, Kano
The Kano State Government has revealed that preparations are in top gears with it’s developing partners such as UNICEF to establish oxygen plants in the State with the view to addressing recent shortage experienced.
The State Commissioner of Health Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa made the disclosure on Friday during a 2 days stakeholders engagement meeting on oxygen security in Kano organised by the State Ministry of Health’s Oxygen Desk Committee in collaboration with UNICEF.
The Commissioner who was represented by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary (PS) Hajiya Amina A Musa said the State Government embarked on the project in view of the recent high demand of the product as a result of the Covid-19 Pandemic which took the world by surprise.
Tsanyawa stated that the Ganduje administration is working tiredlessly in ensuring that the State health sector is well developed and the recent move will make available oxygen in all the State health facilities which will go a long way to curb the rush for it when there is any outbreak and also reducing the cost of the product making it more affordable.
He said, the State has so far spent not less than N150Million between 2016-2018 in the purchase and supply of the life saving product given free to patients in the State hospitals considering it’s importance and the difficulty people go through to get it in some private hospitals.
Dr. Aminu assured that with the establishment of the plants the scarcity of the product will become a thing of the past in the State while calling on relevant stakeholders and individuals to support the government in the actualization and sustainability of the project for the good of the people of the State.
The Health Manager, Maternal New Born and Child, UNICEF, Dr. Peter Baffoe said oxygen is an emergency medicine which should be provided in all hospitals without subjecting patients and their family members to stress before getting it.
That no doubt, the Covid-19 Pandemic further increased the demand for oxygen exposing the gap the nation’s health sector and serve as a wake-up call that more needs to be done to provide the essential life support product to those in need of it without stress such as women in labour, children, those with life threatening diseases and those in emergency conditions.
Baffoe noted that despite this gap, the Kano State Government was able to manage the situation during the outbreak and has continued to show it’s commitment by collaborating with the UNICEF in finding a lasting solution to the problem of shortage of medical oxygen in the State.
With support from IHS Towers, a shared telecommunications infrastructure company, which is funding the Medical Oxygen Intervention, it is expected that the shortage will soon be a thing of the past in Kano State.
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