Sokoto to Get New Medical School, Centre for Infectious Diseases


Gov. Tambuwal, Sultan Sa’ad Abubakar, Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewale and Com of Health, Dr. Balarabe Kakale at the opening of the 58th National Council on Health meeting in Sokoto

By Abdallah el-Kurebe

Sokoto state governor Aminu Tambuwal has revealed government’s plan to establish a new medical school, an infectious diseases hospital and a state-of-the-art renal and cardiac centre in the state. 

Speaking at the opening of the 58th meeting of National Council on Health in Sokoto on Thursday, Tambuwal said the new health centres would provide training and research, and would complement the existing health facilities across the state.

He said his administration has introduced other policies that have imparted positively in the health sector of the state.

One of such, according to him, is the introduction of the community midwifery scheme to train more midwives and traditional birth attendants who would serve at community levels in all parts of the state.

“This programme, will in due course be expanded to essentially achieve sustainable reduction in maternal, infant and child morbidity and mortality in Sokoto state,” the Governor added.

He said the state government has intensified health surveillance and other preventation mechanisms which have resulted in Sokoto being certified as polio, ebola ad lassa fever free. 

He said the state government has also entered into partnership agreement with the Usmanu Danfodio University Teaching Hospital (UDUTH) for specialised trainings for improved quality of care and universal healthcare.

“The areas include manpower training, health services delivery, rural outreach programme, road traffic accident and emergency response care and primary healthcare coverage,” Tambuwal added.

In his remarks, the state Commissioner of Health, Dr. Balarabe Shehu Kakale, said due to the commitment of the present administration and its partners, the number of children immunised against polio and other childhood killer diseases has increased significantly.