From MATHEW JWANTU, Minna
ARRANGEMENTS has been concluded to start Kidney transplant at IBB Specialist Hospital Minna, Niger State even as the state expended over one billion on provision of healthcare services.
The Permanent Secretary Ministry of health and Hospital management, Niger state Dr. Makun Sidi disclosed this while addressing news men at press gallery in Government House Minna, Niger state.
Dr. Sidi pointed out that all the necessary staffs including transplant surgeons, Nephrologists, Kidney Doctors, clinical transplant Coordinators, Donor Coordinators, Nurse Practitioners (NA) Physician Assistants (PA) have already received intensive training within and outside the country for take off of the kidney transplant.
He maintained that the training of experts is to avoid any complication, adding that the required Machines are already on ground and some minor kidney dialysis operations were already handled perfectly in the hospital.
“We have all the man power, the Machines and all the resources what we need is the structures. IBB Hospital must be expanded”. He stressed.
Sidi who said every Nigerian is vulnerable to health challenge including Mr President, was optimistic that the development will curtail the issue of Nigerians or even Africans seeking medical attention outside the country.
He said the state has recruited 767 health Workers out of which, 250 are Midwife, 300 health Workers , 25 consultants among others.
While calling on the state to give more priority to health sector, Dr. Sidi said Niger state was operating on single digits equivalent to 7% of the total budget, but is now on double digits which is about 11% of the total budget of the state.
“As you can see, we are moving close to the 15% we are demanding”. he said
Meanwhile, the state government according to him has spent over one billion on provision of healthcare services in the state.
The Permanent Secretary who is in charge of the ministry pending the swearing in of the new commissioners, said the fund was part of 6.4 million dollars awarded to the state by save one million life for ranking one of the highest states with highest indices in health sector in the country.