Kano distributes tricycle ambulance to better healthcare delivery

Kano state government is to deploy tricycle ambulances, to be distributed in remote communities in the state, to respond to emergency cases of pregnant women and newborns.
Already, the government has taken delivery of 88 such vehicles to strengthen the provision of quality integrated maternal and child health in the state.
State governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje made this known, while receiving 70 of the tricycle ambulances donated by Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) to the state government.
He revealed that the government will soon start the training of 1,936 traditional birth attendants, who are regarded as informal community health workers, to enable them recognize and respond properly to complications of pregnancy, especially in the rural communities where access to health care services is minimal.
“Government is committed and ready to introduce indigenous community midwifery training programme so that the number of skilled birth attendants is improved which will further reduce the high maternal mortality prevalent in our state”, the governor emphasized.
He also disclosed that the Medical Outreach Programme inherited from the immediate past government in the state would be strengthened especially in remote parts of the state while health posts and health centers would be upgraded to meet the basic needs of the citizenry.
The governor, therefore, thanked CHAI for donating the 70 vehicles to the state government, assuring that his administration is willing to partner with any organization in areas that will make life better for the people.
In his address, Owens Wiwa, Country Director, Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), who was represented by Garba Abdu, decried the high maternal and neonatal mortality rate in the state, which he noted, is the highest in the country, assuring that his organization is working with the state government to reduce the death rate by at least 40 percent.
He noted that one of the major drivers of high maternal and newborn mortality in Kano is lack of access to transport services in emergency situations,
Wiwa maintained that CHAI decided to donate the ambulances to augment the government’s effort to help transport pregnant women and newborns with complications to the nearest health facilities.
He said the organization was encouraged to support the state government through several interventions such as manpower development, technical support on routine immunization and provision of essential equipment because of the level of commitment demonstrated by the Ganduje administration to revamp the health sector.
Also speaking at the occasion, the state Commissioner for Health, Kabiru Ibrahim Getso, described the donation as timely, explaining that the motorbikes would be deployed to 10 local government areas in the state, where they would be stationed at the village heads’ house in each selected hard-to-reach community.
Getso added that two volunteer drivers living in the selected communities have been trained on emergency transportation of pregnant women and would be provided with a phone each through which they can be reached in case of any Obstetric or Pediatric emergency.

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