Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, after been sworn into his second tenure, has announced that children below five years will receive free medical care in public hospitals in the state.
He explained that the initiative was to ensure that children were adequately cared for, well-fed and received all the nutrients they would need within the first six months of their lives.
Speaking on Wednesday at his inauguration ceremony, Gov. El-Rufai also revealed that female civil servants in the state will get six months for maternity leave.
El-Rufai said: “In education and health, we have shown a commitment with investments to expand the access of ordinary people to these public goods,”.
“Our commitment to universal health coverage will continue. Therefore, we shall accelerate the implementation of contributory health insurance scheme as a priority of this administration.
“Just yesterday, our state executive council approved six months maternity leave for female public servants. This is to encourage the health development of infants.
“Mothers in our state are also reminded that children up to age five gets free medical care in our hospitals. They are entitled to free regular medical checkups in all public hospitals. Please, take advantage of this.”
On education, the governor revealed that free and compulsory education has been made available for girls in the state.
“We took bold steps to improve the teaching standards. We have made basic education truly free in Kaduna state and we have made education free and compulsory for our girls up to the end of senior secondary school,” he said.
“We’ll continue to fix existing schools and build new classrooms where necessary and support our teachers to deliver decent public education.”
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