From Sani Gazas Chinade, Damaturu
The rapidly expanding healthcare sector in Yobe state recently got a major boost as the state government took delivery of billions of Naira worth of medical equipment and supplies from the medical charity, World Medical Relief (WMR) and the Government of the United Kingdom.
Speaking after inspecting the equipment from Damaturu, Governor Ibrahim Gaidam said WMR donated the equipment to the state following his visit to their world headquarters in Detroit, Michigan in October last year where he met with its President, George V. Samson.
He made a presentation to the WMR where he talked about the challenges the state faced as a result of the devastations by Boko Haram insurgents. Mr. Samson promised us 10 40-footer containers of medical equipment and supplies, each valued at between USD400, 000 and USD500, 000, which will be used across the hospitals and medical centres in the state.
“The equipment that we are inspecting now are from five 40-footer containers. The health commissioner has confirmed to me that three more are in the high seas on their way to the country while we are awaiting the remaining two containers”, the governor said.
The governor said N105 million was spent by the government to transport the equipment to the state from Detroit in the United States.
Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam expressed appreciation to the WMR for their support and directed the ministry of health to immediately commence the distribution of the equipment to hospitals across the state.
Health Commissioner Muhammad Bello Kawuwa also took the governor round other medical equipment and supplies donated by the UK Government under the DFID’s Maternal, New Born and Child Health (MNCH-2) Programme worth N260million.
Mr. Kaka Gana Mustapha who spoke on behalf of the MNCH-2, the state Team Leader Zanna Omar Ali, said the MNCH-2 was designed to strengthen primary healthcare interventions in the state and in five other states across the country.
He said since its inception in 2014, the programme has renovated primary health care facilities across the state, procured drugs, medical supplies and equipment and improved health governance in the state through capacity building on planning and budgeting.
Governor Gaidam expressed the gratitude of the government and people of the state to the UK Government, giving the assurance that the equipment and consumables will be utilized judiciously for the benefit of the people of the state.
As with the equipment from WMR, Governor Gaidam directed that the Ministry of Health should immediately commence the distribution of the items from the UK Government to hospitals across the state.