The federal government of Nigeria and the Sokoto state government have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, on Strategic Partnership for the Enhancement of Health Care Delivery in the state.
The partnership is on five thematic areas which include: Metropolitan Posting, Rural Posting, Outreach Services, Accident Cases and establishment of State Medical School/ Teaching Hospital.
Others are Consultants from the University Teaching Hospital would be posted to the Sokoto State Specialist Hospital, Murtala Muhammad Hospital and Wamako Orthopedic Hospital all in the city Centre of Sokoto , to provide training and research on major specialties such as Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Pediatrics.
Also, the University Teaching Hospital is expected to post resident doctors with a consultant as a supervisor to 3 or 6 General Hospitals to render clinical, training and research services in the state.
The usual outreach services rendered by the Teaching hospital would be extended to visit other general hospitals that were without Resident Doctors, once every month.
The agreement indicated that the Sokoto State Government and Usman Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital would work together to minimize morbidities and mortalities as a result of road crashes in the state.
The Teaching Hospital would create centre that could be reached through phone calls after road traffic accidents.
The Teaching Hospital shall also provide emergency treatment to the victims before payment among others.
The MOU would look at the request of establishment of State Medical School Teaching Hospital with a view of reducing excess load on the Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital.
The minister of health, Prof. Isaac Adewole while signing the MOU,in Abuja. said that the MOU would eliminate the wall in healthcare delivery in the state.
“What we are trying to do is to bridge the gap between the Federal, State and Local Governments in terms of health care services. The partnership is first of its kind in the country and worth emulating by other governors.” He added.
Adewole said it was imbalance where large number of human resources would be dominant in one place while other parts of the state were deficient in the same human resources.
He urged the Governor to celebrate the partnership with his colleagues at the governors’ forum and encourage other Governors to partner with the Federal Government Health Institutions in their states in order to improve and extend healthcare services to the rural populace.
On his part Sokoto state governor, Aminu Tambuwal, said that the MOU would impact directly on residents of the state as it would reach all areas.
Tambuwal said that the Programme was targeted directly at the people of Sokoto State and it would have far reaching impact on the wellbeing of the people of the state.
“We will ensure that there is fairness, equity and equal opportunity to all people of Sokoto State during the implementation of the MOU.” Tambuwal added.
Also speaking, the Chief Medical Director, Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Dr. Yakubu Ahmad said that the Hospital had enough manpower that were ready to work in the designated areas of the partnership in the state.,
The MOU is to domisile in the Usman Danfodio University Teaching Hospital.