The Kaduna State Government and General Electric yesterday flagged-off a partnership programme to equip 278 health care facilities in Kaduna State, and stressed the need to improve health care in the state, saying that: “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.” Speaking at the event, The Chief Executive Officer of GE Healthcare Africa, Farid Fezoua, applauded the Kaduna State Government for its vision to improve health care for the citizens. The reporters also gathered that the partnership will, among other things, put units of relevant medical technology including ultrasound, heart monitors,
neonatal incubators and anaesthesia machines into the hands of health workers to detect a range of conditions and improve the accuracy of tests conducted on the foetus when pregnant women undertake ante-natal visits. Under the partnership, 255 primary health centres will be equipped along with 23 general hospitals across the state. The programme also includes a package of training for the healthcare professionals and a three-year maintenance agreement for the equipment. The project will deliver at least one refitted hospital in each of the 255 wards in the state.