The Gwarzo community of Kano State has urged the Federal Government to upgrade the general hospital in the area to the status of a Federal Medical Centre (FMC).
Alhaji Bashir Kutama, the Chairman of the Council, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Sunday in Kano.
Kutama said the call was imperative to enhance access to quality healthcare services at the grassroots.
He noted that the existing secondary health institution in Gwarno was providing services to people in Kano North Senatorial District and adjourning communities in Katsina State.
Kutama stressed the need for the upgrade of the hospital to tertiary health centre to enhance quality healthcare service delivery in rural communities.
The chairman disclosed that the council had contributed toward the rehabilitation of the hospital and 26 health facilities in the area.
“We have done much in ares of maternal healthcare, set up antenatal centres, provided equipment and mobile ambulance at Salihawa and other places for antenatal as well as referral services.
“We have also renovated various Primary Healthcare Centres (PHC) and ensure that staff are working diligently to serve the people,” Kutama said.
On youth development programme, the chairman said the council spent about N350 million to establish a vocational centre, to enable youth in the area learn trades and acquire skills.
Kutama added that about 450 indigent students benefited from a scholarship programme initiated by the council while another set of 360 youth and women engaged in viable trading activities at the new market constructed in the area.
He said the projects were executed in the past two years, adding that the gesture was to provide job opportunities and engage the youth in productive activities, to enable them contribute to the sustainable development of the state.