From: Agaju Madugba, Katsina
The Katsina State Government says it would collaborate with the Skipper Eye Q Ultra-modern Speciality Centre in Lagos towards upgrading the Katsina Eye Centre to a world class eye care facility.
According to a press statement, on Wednesday, by Governor Aminu Bello Masari, the development is part of his administration’s efforts at providing quality healthcare for citizens, along with government’s determination at improving the level of education, agriculture, water supply and security in the state.
According to the statement signed by Masari’s Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Abdu Labaran Malumfashi, “this is what informed Governor Masari’s visit to and inspection of facilities at the Skipper Eye Q Ultra-modern Speciality Centre in Lagos.
“The Medical Director of the Katsina Eye Center, Dr. Ahmad Tijjani Hamza, and his deputy Dr. Ado Abdu, who accompanied the governor, were given a rundown of the functions and form of the equipment by the management of the centre, preparatory to a working partnership for the improvement of the capacity and capability of the Katsina Eye Centre.
“Since its creation almost 30 years ago, no administration has done as much as the present administration to advance the health sector, and we are not talking about cosmetic sideshows to attract momentary applause.
“Mindful of the fact that infrastructure, manpower and manpower training are critical to the development of any sector, the Masari-led administration has simultaneously embarked on all three fronts.
“In addition to the three premier hospitals, one each in Katsina, Daura and Funtua, the general hospitals at Malumfashi and Kankiya are undergoing comprehensive expansion and rehabilitation on a scale never done anywhere in the country.
“Added to this is a new teaching hospital for the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University which is fast taking shape with all necessary components coming to life.
“Currently, the state government is recruiting 1,900 medical and related staff to give a boost to the health sector and the Katsina School of Nursing which had hitherto remained stagnant and it’s courses uncredited and admitting only 50 students annually since it was established half a century ago, has now been accredited by the Nigerian Nursing Council and its annual intake of students has been increased to 120.
“A number of doctors, nurses and other auxiliary staff are currently on state sponsorship for further training locally and abroad.”