Governor Dikko Radda of Katsina State has given the green light for the release of a ₦200 million counterpart fund dedicated to the prevention and treatment of malnutrition affecting women and children in the region.
The announcement was made by Malam Ibrahim Kaula, the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the governor, in a statement shared with the media in Katsina on Tuesday. Dr Bishir Gambo, the state’s Commissioner of Health, elaborated that the allocation was part of the counterpart fund for UNICEF intervention programs.
The fund is earmarked for the acquisition of nutrition commodities to tackle malnutrition among children and expectant mothers. The Commissioner emphasized that the approval aimed at curbing maternal, infant, and child illnesses and fatalities.
In line with Governor Radda’s dedication to enhancing the health and well-being of the people of Katsina State, the move aligns with his ‘Building Your Future’ strategic blueprint, focusing on health promotion and disease prevention activities.
Simultaneously, Governor Radda has granted approval for the initiation of Postgraduate Residency training for doctors in two specialist hospitals within the state. This training, conducted in collaboration with the National and West African Postgraduate Medical Colleges, aims to produce medical consultants, addressing the scarcity of medical specialists and fostering the retention of medical doctors in the state.