Kano sets to train medical personnel in Britain

Determined to ensure best practices in health care delivery services, Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has enlisted the support of Poole Hospital of the United Kingdom to train its public medical workers.

Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Governor of Kano State

Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Governor of Kano State

During a visit to the Chief Executive Officer of the hospital, Debbie Flemming at Poole, Dorset, United Kingdom, Ganduje said his government was determined to train public medical workers to enable them to serve the over 12 million people in the state better.

“We have young doctors and other professional health personnel but we need to improve the capacities of these workers in tune with international best practices’, he stressed.

“Our system of healthcare provision is an old system. So we need to upgrade, not only the health infrastructure but also to keep our health personnel updated in terms of proficiency and your hospital is one of the places we can rely upon to achieve our objectives,” the governor said.

He, therefore, requested the hospital to assist Kano State in training its medical doctors, nurses and allied health workers, extend medical outreach to the state and assist in the provision of basic equipment.

Earlier, Flemming told the governor that the hospital, which started as a cottage facility in 1907, has metamorphosed into a centre of medical excellence with 630 beds and over 4,000 staff.

“Currently, the hospital houses the Dorset Cancer Centre that is a renowned specialist cancer treatment centre, including comprehensive radiotherapy services,” Flemming said.

She noted that the hospital has an annual budget of about £244 million, adding, “we value training and new experience. The value set in Poole is very important and the patient is at the centre”.

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Flemming highlighted that the hospital has a highly skilled workforce and would gladly support the Kano state government in healthcare manpower development.

Ganduje was later taken on a guided tour of the Dorset Cancer Centre and Education Centre among others where Julie Mantel of the Medical Education team, John Payne of the Radiotheraphy department and Dr Mukhtar Datti Ahmad, a cancer surgeon briefed the entourage.

BY Our Correspondent

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