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BHCPF to provide 23 healthcare services for vulnerable persons in Kano

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Participants at the training

Nasiru Yusuf

Poor and vulnerable persons in Kano state are set to receive 23 healthcare services at affordable rates via the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF).

Kano Focus reports that communication consultant with Lafiya Program, Aminu Sarki disclosed this at a training for health journalists organized by Kano State Led Accountability Mechanism (KanSLAM).

Malam Aminu Sarki

Mr Sarki said the beneficiaries include persons aged 85 years and above, people living with HIV/AIDS, people with disabilities, pregnant women, as well as poor people.

He said beneficiaries will pay N12,000 per annum to the Kano State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency.

List of Services

Mr Sarki explained that the beneficiaries are entitled to 10 services at primary health centres.

“These include general consultation with prescribed drugs, health education for prevention of diseases, primary care surgery, paediatrics and internal medicine for adults.

Participants

“Others are HIV/AIDS/ sexual transmitted diseases, mental health management, maternal, neonatal and child health services, emergency services, and basic laboratory investigations.”

Mr Sarki added that the beneficiaries are entitled to 13  services at secondary health facilities.

“These include consultation with prescribed drugs, emergencies occurring outside usual residence or accredited Health Care facility, Paediatrics and Internal medicine for adults.

“Others are surgery, dental care, ophthalmology, Ear, Nose and Throat, physiotherapy and laboratory investigation.”

Reporting Health Issues

In his remarks, the chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kano state council, Abbas Ibrahim challenged participants to accord health issues deserving priority in their reportage.

Comrade Abbas Ibrahim and other participants

According to him news report should not be restricted to reporting problem or wrongdoing, but also engaging those responsible to provide solution.

He recalled how he constantly pursued cases up to logical conclusion when he was covering a crime beat at Radio Kano decades ago.

Also speaking Nasir Mu’azu Isa tasked participants to put into practice what they acquired during the training.

Malam Nasir Mu’azu Isa

The participants consist of media practitioners drawn from KanSLAM knowledge management subcommittee.

The Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF)

The BHCPF is a health intervention scheme established under National Health Act (2014) to provide basic health care services to poor and vulnerable.

Its aim  is to reduce maternal mortality rate by 31% (from 576 to 400 per 100,000 live births), neo maternal rate by 33% (from 39 to 26 per 1,000 live births) and under five mortality rate by 29% (from 120 to 85 per 1,000 live births) with 50% of BHCPF.

Mr Sarki added that the purpose of the BHCPF is to ensure the provision of basic health care package of health services to all Nigerians through National Health Insurance Scheme NHIS and state Kano State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency KSCHMA.

Another purpose of the programme is “Strengthening the Primary Health Care (PHC) system through the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) with 45% of BHCPF.

Participants 

“Providing Emergency Treatment with 5% of the BHCPF to be administered by the National Emergency Medical Treatment Committee (NEMTC).

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Photo News: Emir Sanusi visits Sultan of Sokoto

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Aminu Abdullahi

The former Emir of Kano has on Monday paid a courtesy visit to Sultan of Sokoto Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar lll.

Kano Focus reports that the pictures of the visit were published on a Facebook page linked to former Emir named ‘Sanusi ll Dynasty’.

Though the reason of the visit was not stated, but the former Emir has paid similar visit to Lamido of Adamawa in his capacity as leader of Tijjaniyya sect in Nigeria.

Emir Muhammad Sanusi ll

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Kano to revive bilateral relationship with Pakistan

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Aminu Abdullahi

Kano State Government has expressed commitment to revive the long existing relationship with Pakistan.

KANO FOCUS reports that Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje gave the assurance on monday while receiving the Pakistani High Commissioner to Nigeria Muhammad Tayyab Azam at the Government House.

Ganduje represented by his deputy Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna said Kano endowed with lots of potentials is open for people to come and invest, particularly those from Pakistan.

“We are happy for showing commitment towards reviving the long relationship between us. I can remember the partnership we have in the engagement of Pakistani teachers in our schools which has yielded a lot today.”

“Even in the area of agricultural mechanization we have partnered with Pakistan especially in the supply of tractors to our farmers,therefore I feel if we continue to explore agriculture it will be beneficial to both Kano and Pakistan”.

The Governor also commended Pakistan for showing interest in reviving the bilateral relationship with Kano State.

In his remarks the Pakistani High Commissioner Muhammad Tayyab Azam described the visit to Kano as historic and important being the first state he visited since assuming office.

“I know the importance of Kano as hub of business in Nigeria, after Lagos Kano is next where there is business opportunity”.

“There was a time in Kano when most schools   have many Pakistani teachers..my aim is to bring back that relationship”.

He however pointed out that Kano and Pakistan have similarities in both values and culture therefore it is important to deepen the relationship so as to sustain the partnership in  the areas of health and agriculture as that will create opportunities for our people towards boosting the economy.

The High Commissioner was accompanied during the visit by Pakistani Consul General in Kano Ahmed Ibrahim Yakasai.

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ACF revives Kano chapter

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Aminu Abdullahi

The Arewa Consultative Forum ( ACF) has resuscitated it Kano State chapter and nominated a 14- member Interim Executive Committee to run its affairs for the next six months.

Kano Focus reports that the Forum has mandated the new leadership to organise a general congress that may elect a new council.

A statement issued on Monday by the publicity secretary of the Forum Bello Sani Galadanchi reported that at the inaugural ceremony presided by a member of ACF Board of Trustees, Halliru Akilu, the non- partisan voluntary organization also nominated delegates to its National Executive Committee ( NEC) engagements.

Akilu, a retired Brigadier- General, tasked the new leadership to work in unity, and restore all ACF organs and activities for the betterment of our society.

He stressed that the ACF which is apolitical, believes in the unity of the country, but aspires to see the glory of the north restored, and the economic fortunes of the region tapped for the greater benefit of our people and the nation as a whole.

In his acceptance speech, the new Chairman of the ACF Interim Committee, NaShehu Hassan Abubakar thanked the congregation for finding him worthy of the enormous responsibility.

Abubakar, a retired Air Vice Marshall (AVM) assured the ACF National body and people of Kano State of his determination to steer the ship creditably, selflessly and in strict compliance with ACF desire to improve the lot of our people, as well as agitate for their rights.

Other committee members nominated at the ceremony include Aishatu Yakubu Maijama’a (Deputy Chairperson); Shehu Aliyu (Vice- Chairman); Muhammad Mustapha Yahaya (Secretary); Sani Bala Tela (Assistant Secretary); Rabia Hussein Adamu (Treasurer); and Mairo Bello (Assistant Treasurer).

Others   are Mahadi Sadiq Abubakar, (Financial Secretary);  Hafsat Namadi Bebeji (Assistant Financial Secretary); Bello Sani Galadanchi (Publicity Secretary); Tanimu Ibrahim Getso (Assistant  Publicity Secretary); Kabir Mukhtar (Legal Adviser); Muhammad Kabir Haruna (Assistant Legal Adviser); and Azimi Namadi Bebeji (Auditor).

The inaugural ceremony attracted Youth and Women wings of the ACF whose members were nominated into both the executive committee and the NEC.

Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) is apolitical and socio-cultural association of leaders in Northern Nigeria formed in 2000 to protect Northern interest in the political scene.

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