The Department for International Development (DFID) Lafiya Support for Health in Nigeria is supporting the Kano State Government to conduct mapping of all private health facilities in the 484 wards of the State.
The Executive Secretary Private Health Institutions Management Agency ( PHIMA), Dr Usman Tijjani Aliyue announced this at a stakeholders meeting held in the state on Saturday.
In 2017, the Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health Programme (MNCH2) in collaboration with the Community Health and Research Initiative supported the State Ministry of Health to develop the PHIMA operational guidelines for use by the Agency in collaboration with Health Sector Federal Regulatory Agencies.
The Kano State government stated some regulations for the PHIMA will serve as a State Government Agency to provide regulations, facilitate the establishment and ensure quality service provision by all private health institutions practicing in the State.
Meanwhile, Kano State residents, commended the efforts of DFID Lafiya Support in supporting the private healthcare facilities in Kano.
Auwal Musa, a resident, in an interview with HumAngle, said “This support actually will boost the operations in private healthcare facilities and also educate the nurses and doctors more on health and emergency issues.”
Amina Muhammed, who also lauded the effort of health association, said, “Most communities private hospitals in Kano are bloated with unprofessional and auxiliary health workers which produces poor healthcare service, but with this collaboration of DFID program it will enrich the private health operation in Kano.”
Another resident Saratu Isa also noted that “the program will yield a great impact towards improving the private healthcare facilities in Kano.
“I would also encourage the State government to impose effective regulations in all private hospitals due to some private clinics operating illegally,” he added.
However, the program will strengthen regulatory and professional structures in the health system to ensure efficient and effective discharge of their regulatory and oversight responsibilities.
He said the mapping of all private health facilities that include hospitals, pharmacy shops, patent medical stores, nursing homes and diagnostic centres using GPRS will enable the Ministry of Health to acquire accurate digital database on all private health facilities in the state.
In a remark at the meeting, Kano state team lead of DFID program, Alh. Dayyabu Muhammad Yusuf stated that the mission of the program is to support and improve the private health sector in the country and the state in particular.
Yusuf added that the program will strengthen the public-private partnership amongst private health facilities.
The meeting was attended by representatives from different professional bodies, their associations, regulatory bodies and other regulatory agencies.
The Ministry of Health (MOH), Hospital Management Board( HMB), Nigeria Medical Association, National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, Association of Radiologists of Nigeria were present.
The Guild of Medical Directors, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, ACPN, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria and National Association of Patent Medical vendors were also in attendance.
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