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Kano to establish cancer treatment center

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By Abdullahi Isah

Kano state government says it will establish a cancer treatment center in 2019 in order to curtail the prevalence of the disease in the state.

Commissioner of health Kabiru Ibrahim Getso said this on Tuesday shortly after appearing before the Kano state house of assembly committee on health to defend the proposed budget of the ministry.

“The center, if established, will reduce the burden and suffering of cancer patients not only in Kano but in the country at large as well as neighbouring countries of Niger republic, Cameroon and Chad,” he said.

KANO TODAY recalls that in July 2018, governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has opened discussions with an Austrian organization, Peter McCulene Cancer Centre for the establishment of a cancer center in Kano.

Currently, only the federal government owned Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital has cancer treatment facilities in the state. 

Kabiru Ibrahim Getso added that the government has earmarked over N3 billion to tackle the spread of malaria in the state.

“In this way, over N300 million will be spend on buying eight million mosquito nets to distribute to the people of the state in the coming year”.

Kabiru Ibrahim Getso said, the state government will recruit more health workers to fill the vacancies created as a result of establishment of new health facilities across the state.

According to him the sum of over N25 billion has been earmarked for next year’s expenditure in the ministry of health.

While responding, the chairman of the Kano’s state house of assembly committee on health Rabiu Saleh Gwarzo, (PDP Gwarzo)  said the committee is satisfied with the statement of the ministry during the budget defence.

 

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