Yobe spends N5.7bn on primary healthcare
From Sani Gazas Chinade, Damaturu
Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni has distributed about 28 units of tricycle ambulances to ease transportation for pregnant women in emergency situations to nearest hospitals.
He disclosed this when he laid the foundation-stone for the construction of the Maternal, New-born and Child Health Complex of the State University Teaching Hospital and also flagging-off the distribution of the 28 customised tricycle ambulances.
“Our effort to fast-track universal health coverage through the rehabilitation and standardization of 53 Primary Health Centres in the 17 Local Government Areas of the State at the cost of N4.1billion from the Saving One Million Lives funds will not waver,” he said.
According to him, “the Federal Government and the World Bank recently approved a grant of 29million US Dollars (around N10.5billion) to our state for emerging as overall best among the 36 states of the federation in the implementation of the “Saving One Million Lives Programme.”
Government approved the cost of N1. 588, 241, 583.34 funds for the construction of the Maternal, New-born and Child Health Complex.
Buni has directed the Executive Secretary of the State Primary Healthcare Management Board to ensure that monitoring mechanisms are put in place for the effective and efficient use of the customised tricycle ambulances.
He added that recruitment of more healthcare personnel, equipping and furnishing of the Maternal and New-born Child Health Complex, provision of medical laboratory and a lecture theatre for medical students and the extension of the owner-occupier housing scheme to medical doctors and other healthcare personnel are noted.
He described that “healthcare as a priority of our administration, we are working to meet the requirements of the core clinical departments of the State University Teaching Hospital and to ensure the commencement of the House-manship training programme.”