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AMMKaS Repositioned, Inaugurates 12-Man Steering Committee



By Hannatu Sulaiman Abba

The Accountability Mechanism for Maternal and Child Health in Kano State (AMMKaS), a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that focuses on using innovative accountability and transparency tools to improve health outcomes, has re-energized its organizational structure by inaugurating a 12-man steering group to support implementation of the Minimum Service Package (MSP) for Primary Healthcare in Kano State.

The 12-man steering committee members include Hajiya Hafsat Kolo, Abdullahi Zakari, Dr. Musa Muhammad Bello, Hajiya Habiba Mijinyawa, Nafisa Murtala Ahmad, and Nadiya Muftahu Garba.

Others are, Sulaiman Jalo, Lawan Muhammad Santali, Hassan Ibrahim Gama, Salisu Yusuf, Nura Ahmad Muhammad and Alhaji Tijjani Garba.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Wednesday, its Executive Director, Hajiya Hafsat Kolo said the move will strengthen AMMKaS to be on its feet towards achieving other goals in its six-months workplan and beyond.

While announcing that AMMKaS is now an officially registered organization through the effort of some of its volunteer members, Hajiya Kolo called on the newly inaugurated committee to continue their good work on behalf of the state.

“We have all worked together amicably without bickering since when we started as friends under PPMCH with no funding at the time and today we have recorded a lot of successes as a result of selfless contributions from each one of us. So, this sitting is in appreciation of our togetherness and in a way to reiterate that AMMKaS is back and strong.”

She appreciated the Coordinator of Africa Health Budget Network (AHBN), Dr. Aminu Magashi Garba and the Community Health and Research Initiative (CHR), for its role in promoting the initiation of AMMKaS.

In his remark, Salisu Yusuf reiterated that the whole idea of the six-month workplan revolves around helping the state achieve the MSP in order to strengthen its primary health services.

He therefore explained that the committee will be engaged in advocacy visits to the state Primary Healthcare Management Board on the MSP implementation process and will also conduct a spot check of at least 12 of the over 1000 PHCs in the state to ascertain level of compliance in order to factually guide advocacy engagements with the state.

“We are looking at a lot of yardsticks and indicators which include minimum requirement of medical equipment’s, concurrent replacement of retiring health workers with fresh health graduates in each Local Government, ensuring compliance for minimum recommended number of staff and cadre for each type of health facility. The spot check will assess all this and take it up from there,” he said.

He further explains that the drive will include advocacy for the improvement of documentation process in PHCs, development and design of an MSP scorecard by February 2022 in order to guide on strength, weaknesses and areas to improve on in the facilities.

While taking a brief session on volunteerism, Hassan Ibrahim Gama pointed out that volunteerism is key to development and improvement of quality of lives of individuals in the society.

“Volunteerism is for the society most especially the masses because they don t have and it is volunteerism from people like you and me that makes them to get what they don’t, in essence, it ensures equality in life,” he stressed.

Commenting, Nura Ahmad Muhammad pointed out that a lot of young people in urban and rural communities in the state are passionate about health matters and suggested that it will be a great intervention by AMMKaS to organize an intervention with few youth organizations for meaningful engagement.

Dr. Musa Muhammad Bello who gave the vote of thanks appreciated the “energy, enthusiasm and commitment, to reactivate AMMKaS activities,” suggested the formation of a small active mobilization group that will be involved in proposal writings and engagement with stakeholders, which was immediately adopted.

He thanked Hajiya Hafsat Kolo for tireless efforts and visionary leadership of the organization, he also appreciated all members of the group for their commitment while thanking Dr. Magashi for his continuous support to AMMKaS.


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World Sight Day 2021: North Risks Outnumbering South in Vision Impairment Cases – REPORT



In 2020, some health researchers Investigative Opthalmology and Visual Science say, there is a high prevalence of blindness and severe visual impairment among those above 40 years in Nigeria.

According to them, the tendencies to get high number of patients of vision impairment in Northern Nigeria will escalate and supercede the number of cases in the South as a result of extreme poverty in the region.

Some findings also revealed that, the North’s vision impairment cases is more common among old aged persons, women and children – and is often caused by poor literacy.

In 2020, a Nigerian medical expert, Dr Abia Nzelu says, every five seconds one person in the world goes blind even as she said that over 1 million blind adults live in Nigeria.

He says, a child goes blind every minute and that 4 out of 5 blind people are needlessly blind in developing countries like Nigeria, said these things happen because most people do not seek preventive eye care.

In Kano this year, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has ordered an immediate response against the disease through conducting a Free Eye Health Outreach Program to 14,000 residents at different healthcare facilities to mark 2021 World Sight Day.

The state’s commissioner of health, Dr Aminu Tsanyawa who made this known during a press conference on Thursday says, considering the prevalence of the disease in the state, Ganduje has also institutionalized Primary Eye Care into PHC system through signing MoU with relevant facilities in the state.

According to Dr Tsanyawa, Kano state government’s effort will assiduously help in curing the already confirmed cases of vision impairment in the state, “which will change the narrative of experts’ research on the North.”

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Group Calls for Protest in Kano Over ‘Alleged’ Marginalization to Indigenous Staffers at Dala Orthopedic Hospital



A non-governmental organization, Society for Educational Development and Socio-Democratic Activities (SEDSAC) on Friday expresses dismay over the alleged marginalization to indigenous staffers promotion at Dala Orthopedic Hospital, Kano.


The group says, Kano as the host of the institution, its citizens “must” be given proper consideration for recruitment and promotion of the existing employees, not stacking them always at the backward positions.


In a statement issued to PRIME TIME NEWS on Friday and signed by the Executive Director SEDSAC, Comrade Umar Hamisu Kofar Na’isa says, such act will not be accepted by SEDSAC, adding that they will call on the management as well as government to desist from promoting this culture of injustice to other staffers.


“We want to also call the attention of Kano citizens of Kano to hold a grand protests in the hospital premises to express to the world the extant of marginalization to the indigenous staffers in the hospital.”


The organization however threatened that they will no longer allow such to continue to happening in the facility, others showing tribal differences despite being a Federal Government Owned Hospital.

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STRIKE: Resident Doctors Give FG 72-hour Ultimatum to Pay Salary Arrears



The Federal Government has been given a 72-hour ultimatum by the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors to pay its members being owed Medical Residency Training Fund and salary arrears.



The Resident Doctors also urged the government withdraw the lawsuit filed against doctors before the National Industrial Court in the interest of peace.


The NARD in a communiqué issued at the end of its 41st Annual General Meeting held in Bauchi State on Saturday, jointly signed by its President, Dr Okhuaihesuyi Uyilawa, and the Secretary General, Jerry Isogun, expressed concern at the Federal Government’s continued failure to agree to their demands.



The resident doctors notet their determination to continue with the indefinite strike, which began on August 2, 2021, until their minimum demands are met.


The AGM, in particular, demanded that the Federal Government should ensure the payment of the Medical Residency Training fund within 72 hours since the money meant for it is available and verification of the list for payment has been completed.


The resident doctors also demanded payment of the arrears of salaries of their members on GIFMIS platform within 72 hours while the migration process continues.


The communique sought for the payment of their withheld August and September salaries.

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