Kaduna State Ministry of Health and Human Services and GE Healthcare have announced a new, multi-year partnership designed to expand primary and referral care services and build capacity at 255 primary healthcare centres and 23 secondary healthcare hospitals across the state.
Bringing the latest medical technologies to Kaduna, the program includes four of the nine GE Healthcare technologies listed in the World Health Organization’s Compendium of Innovative Technologies that will provide access to antenatal screenings, obstetric scanning, essential newborn care, cardiac screening and anesthesia.
Further, the initiative will be implemented through a localized delivery model developed specifically for Kaduna state and includes technical and clinical trainings for healthcare workers and a three-year equipment maintenance program to be supported by a strong local team of biomedical engineers.
Malam Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, welcomed the flag-off the implementation of the partnership with GE. “The Kaduna State Government is seeking better health outcomes for its people. This partnership with GE will accelerate the development of our health facilities and equip them to deliver better services. The equipment, technologies and training our state is getting under this partnership will help to improve standards of maternal and infant care, implant safer surgical standards and raise our capacity for disease prevention and infection control.”
He added that “As one of the largest states in Nigeria, with a growing population many of whom live in the rural areas, Kaduna is innovating through comprehensive approaches that improve health facilities and equipment, service delivery, clinical protocols and patient referrals. Given its track record, we are delighted to be working with GE in deploying this first-of-a-kind programme.”
Farid Fezoua, President and CEO of GE Healthcare Africa, said: “Across many parts of Africa, we see that primary care is underutilised and secondary and tertiary referral hospitals are overwhelmed. Primary and referral care facilities often operate in isolation with poor triage or little referral linkage; and that current strategies – that tend to be limited to building and equipping – often don’t serve as models for sustainable system development. Healthcare providers in Africa have looked at several models and pilots to address this, but many have so far proven to be unscalable.”
“As a model for affordable and sustainable healthcare delivery this approach focuses on the entire care pathway – from the dispensary and home to the health centre and the general hospital to ensure that patients and communities are not only recipients of health services but beneficiaries of the value chain. Through this approach, we are proud to partner in bringing quality standards to Kaduna and Nigeria as a whole.”