Kano Research Centre urges digitalization of northern health facilities
The Kano Independent Research Centre Trust (KIRCT) has canvassed the digitization of health facilities in the entire northern part of Nigeria.
The Director General of the Centre, Professor Hamisu Salisu, made this known when the Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Professor Ali Pate, paid a working visit to the research institute.
Salisu described the research institute as the largest biomedical research Centre, not just in Nigeria, but in the whole of Africa, adding it holds a huge potential for the health benefits of the people of kano, for Nigerians and for the global community.
Offering to assist the government warehouse its vaccines, he sought the support of the Federal Ministry of Health to enable them digitalise health facilities in the North.
“We want to partner with the Federal Ministry to see whether we can digitalize the entire Northern Nigeria so that all the health facilities in the region would be digitalized” he stated.
“We also do community surveillance for infectious diseases, and we are creating a register for that and when the time comes, I will give you a progress report” he told the Minister.
The Minister pledged to support the research centre towards finding fitting and lasting research solutions to healthcare challenges that confront Nigerians.
Pate expressed delight at the biomedical research potentials of the Center, expressing optimism that they “would be able to generate knowledge that is fitting with our context, with our problems.”
“We have good people working very hard here, investigating diseases that affect our people and in doing so, we can find solutions that fit within the context of Nigeria” he affirmed.
“So, I am very excited to see what the centre is planning to do, and we will find ways to mobilize supports to enable them to succeed in what they are planning to do” he added.
He charged the research workers at the Centre to redouble their efforts with all view to optimizing the goals of setting up the research institute.
“At the end of the day, no one would build your country for you. No country succeeds in moving forward without the country making up its mind to move forward” he declared.
He pledged to get the Director General of the Institute to accompany him to the UN conference in New York, hoping to add his voice to the Centre’s push for partnership with some international health institutions.