By Khadija Aliyu
A non governmental organization fiscal discipline and development advocacy center (FIDAC),has urged
Kano state house of assembly (KNHA),to expedite action on the speedy passage of the Kano state public health security bill.
The executive director (FIDAC), Dr. Abdulsalam Muhammad Kani made the call during, the 2023 international day of epidemic preparedness in Kano state.
He pointed out that, the passage of the public health security bill, and Kano center for disease control bill, would go a long way in promoting quality and effective healthcare delivery in the state.
He appealed to the house of assembly, to ensure that a public hearing is conducted, on the two bills to collate yearnings and aspirations of the citizens.
Presenting a paper titled: The role of KNCDC in curbing epidemic,the coordinator, Kano state center for disease control (KNCDC), Dr.Muhammad Adamu Abbas says the mandate of the center, is to strengthen public health infrastructure, upgrade and build more health facilities according to international standards.
He highlighted that, the proposed concept aims to establish a sub national center for disease control in Kano state, to enhance disease surveillance,improve preparedness and response capabilities,as well as collaborating with the NCDC, development partners and other stakeholders.
In his presentation titled:epidemic preparedness and response:A way forward to healthier society, the lafiya Kano state health security consultant, Dr. Umar Lawal Bello, pointed out that, delays in detecting and response increases the impact of the outbreak in the society, saying that, epidemic preparedness constitutes all activities that must be taken in order to be ready to
respond effectively to epidemics.
He stressed that, epidemic public health emergency preparedness involves risk profiling, risk assessment, and communication, simulation exercise (SIMEX), resource mapping, strategic stock piling and medical counter measures.
Dan Goruban Kano Alhaji Abubakar Sule Gaya urged non governmental organizations (NGOs), to reintroduce sensitization through cinematography to penetrate the grassroots.
Hajiya Aisha Halliru representing KANSLAM, reiterated their commitment, in supporting and collaborating with development partners for effective effective preparedness.
The 2023 international day of epidemic preparedness in Kano state, was organized by FIDAC in collaboration with KANSLAM with support from FCDO lafiya, and marked by paper presentations, panel discussion and witnessed large turn out of over 50 participants.