Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State has said that no resident will seek medical treatment outside the state by 2021 due to the facilities being provided and the quality of medical services that will be rendered.
Masari said this on Friday in Katsina shortly after the national executives of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) decorated him with the `Distinguished Service Award’.
He said that his administration decided to focus on quality healthcare delivery to people of the state in line with his campaign promises.
“What we are doing in the health sector is to take action that will bring good healthcare delivery system in the state.
“Sometime last week, I was outside the country where we finalised arrangements to further improve healthcare delivery in our rural healthcare centers.
“We want comprehensive medical services in our rural areas; we knew what we met on ground when we came in 2015; our hospitals and health clinics were in bad shape.
“We met a situation where medical doctors and nurses were leaving for greener pastures while we have a growing population in the state.
“Our approach to healthcare delivery is sustainable. We are putting in place the type of healthcare that in 20 years to come, our people will continue to benefit from the structures we have put in place in our hospitals and clinics,” the governor said.
Earlier, while decorating the governor with the award, the NMA Vice President, Dr.Kingsley Enweremadu, lauded the government’s contribution in the healthcare sector.
Enweremadu commended Masari for the upgrade of all general hospitals in the state, the plans to have a state Teaching Hospital and for taking care of the welfare of medical doctors in the state. (NAN)