The Kano State Government on Friday confirmed that it had deployed a nomadic team to track down and check the influx of Fulani herdsmen into the state.
Briefing journalists on the state’s preparedness for the January 2018 Immunisation Polio Days, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Kabiru Getso, said that the administration had completed arrangement to tackle any unforeseen menace by suspected herdsmen.
He said, “We have nomadic teams, specifically deployed to track these Fulani herdsmen, who often infiltrate the state from local government areas, which have water bodies surrounding them, with a view to preventing them from wreaking havoc in the state.”
Speaking further, Getso disclosed that the state government was currently upgrading the Murtala Muhammed Specialist Hospital at a cost of over N10bn.
He said, “Work is ongoing to upgrade the Murtala Muhammed Specialist Hospital, the state’s premier hospital to international standard, in collaboration with Dangote Foundation. It is one of the largest facilities, not only in Nigeria, but the whole of West Africa. It receives an average daily attendance of 7,000 outpatients.’’
According to him, the upgrade and enhancement of the facility will benefit Kano indigenes and people from neighbouring states.
Getso said that over the last two years, the state government had renovated more than 300 primary and secondary health care facilities in Kano, with a view to improving access and quality of healthcare services towards reducing maternal and child mortalities.