Kano state government has distributed health facilities worth N508 million to combat malaria and other related diseases to mark this year’s World Malaria Day.
At the graduation ceremony of 800 of the state’s ‘Lafiya Jari’ Scheme and Malaria Control Workers, Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso says 150,000 worth capital will be given to each trainee of the program.
kwankwaso who noted that malaria remains an emergency disease that affects mostly children under the age of five and pregnant women, resolved that his government will join other nations in the fight against malaria.
The governor was optimistic that the launching of Sickler Support Program and graduation of Lafiya Jari trainee as well as distribution of support facilities will certainly assist in combatting malaria and other related diseases.
However, the state’s commissioner of health, Yusuf Labaran, about 3.3 billion people are leaving with malaria in the world while about 305 cases are recorded annually in Nigeria. The disease, he adds has only reached 25 percent reduction according to a report by the World Health Organization.
Meanwhile, the representative of the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, Ben Fischer said the UK government have over the years been working closely with the Nigerian government to combat malaria and other related diseases stressing that government at all level need to put heads together in the fight against malaria.
Kano State Government has sponsored 25 indigenes of the state to study Marine Engineering in India and the United States.
A statement issued in Kano on Saturday by Alhaji Baba Dantiye, the Director of Press to Gov. Rabiu Kwankwaso, said the four year course would cost the government $80 million annually.
According to the statement, Gov. Rabi’u Kwankwaso said this during the graduation of over 1,000 youths under the government’s youth empowerment programme, tagged “Lafiya Jari.”
It said that the governor emphasised on the resolve of the administration to give priority to human capital development.
“We are doing all this because we need to see our youth everywhere in the world and reduce unemployment facing the state”, the statement quoted the governor as saying.
It added that Kwankwaso further revealed that the government had concluded plans to sponsor 100 students to study avionics and another 100 to study medicine abroad.
The statement said that the state government, through the Col. Yakubu Bako (Rtd.) Youth Employment Committee had secured over 200 jobs for indigenes of the state in various Federal Government establishments.
The “Lafiya Jari”, is a healthcare based empowerment scheme under the state Entrepreneurship Institute.
The scheme provides drugs and financial support to students who graduated from the Schools of Health Technology to set up their own businesses.