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Jigawa Approves Free Kidney Dialysis, Treatments


The Jigawa State Government has unveiled a significant healthcare initiative aimed at providing free medical treatment, including kidney dialysis, to residents across the state. This initiative is part of the administration’s broader commitment to improving healthcare access and quality for all citizens, regardless of their social or economic status.

Establishment of Dialysis Centres

In a recent briefing, Dr. Abdullahi Kainuwa, the State’s Commissioner for Health, announced that the government has approved the establishment of dialysis centres at five key health facilities. Specifically, the centres will be located at Dutse and Ringim General Hospitals, with advanced stages of installation for dialysis machines and other equipment at Hadejia, Kazaure, and Gumel General Hospitals. These efforts are integral to Governor Umar Namadi’s 12 Point Agenda, which prioritizes healthcare accessibility and affordability.

Commitment to Healthcare Accessibility

Governor Umar Namadi’s administration is deeply committed to ensuring that no individual in Jigawa State is denied healthcare due to financial constraints. Dr. Kainuwa emphasized the governor’s determination to make healthcare services both accessible and affordable. “Governor Namadi is determined to ensure no person dies in Jigawa because of medical bills. He is committed to making healthcare services accessible and affordable for all Jigawa citizens, and he is ready to invest to achieve these goals,” he stated.

Extensive Health Facility Upgrades

In addition to establishing dialysis centres, the State Executive Council has approved a budget of N1.5 billion for the renovation and upgrading of 32 health facilities across the state’s 30 constituencies. This comprehensive upgrade aims to ensure these facilities can provide 24-hour services, meeting the increasing demand for healthcare. The renovations include health facilities that have not seen significant upgrades since their construction in the 1970s.

Free Health Insurance Enrollment

Another cornerstone of the initiative is the enrollment of 500 less privileged individuals from each of the state’s 287 political wards into the Free Health Insurance program. This insurance primarily covers primary healthcare but also guarantees free services up to the tertiary level. The council’s approval of N1.5 billion for this program underscores the government’s commitment to extending healthcare benefits to the most vulnerable populations.

Recruitment of Healthcare Professionals

To support these expanded services, the state has recently recruited 1,100 healthcare workers, including 200 doctors, pharmacists, and nurses. This significant increase in healthcare personnel is designed to enhance the capacity of health facilities to deliver high-quality care consistently.

Future Prospects

The establishment of dialysis centres and the comprehensive upgrades to health facilities are expected to significantly improve healthcare outcomes in Jigawa State. These efforts align with the administration’s goal of creating a robust healthcare system that can cater to the needs of all citizens.

In summary, the Jigawa State Government’s initiative to provide free medical treatments, including kidney dialysis, represents a landmark effort to improve healthcare accessibility and quality. With substantial investments in health infrastructure and personnel, the state is poised to achieve remarkable advancements in public health and ensure that every resident can receive the care they need without financial barriers.

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