Buni commissions 4 healthcare centres in border communities of Niger
Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni has promised well-equipped health care centres in each ward across the State.
The governor made the promise at the inauguration of four healthcare centres in the border communities of Niger Republic.
According to him, the border communities deprived of healthcare facilities for over three decades; include Tulo-Tulo, Dole-Machina, Mayori and Gumsa in the Geidam Council.
He said, “Today’s inauguration was to ensure healthcare facilities accessible and affordable by the people living in the border communities,” he said.
Flagging off the healthcare facilities Friday in Tulo-Tulo, the Commissioner of Health, Dr Mohammed Lawan Gana, disclosed: “I’m inaugurating these health facilities on behalf of our Governor to commence rendering healthcare delivery services to the people.”
Besides, he added that the healthcare facilities would prevent the people from seeking healthcare services in the border country of Niger.
He said that establishing and equipping Comprehensive Healthcare Centres in each political ward could also provide a sense of belonging to the State.
According to him, the inaugurated healthcare centres are also equipped with drugs and health workers for effective service delivery.
He said the State government embarked on the transformation of the health sector in providing effective and efficient healthcare delivery services.
“We have established 138 out of the proposed 178 functional primary healthcare facilities in each political ward.
According to him, six primary healthcare centres have also been upgraded to General Hospitals.
Besides the health centres, he added that four General Hospitals in Gashua, Potiskum, Buni/ Yadi and Geidam had been upgraded to Specialist Hospitals.
“This is in addition to the Specialist Hospital in Damaturu, the state capital,” he said, assuring that this will bring healthcare delivery services to the people’s doorsteps.
Meanwhile, the State government has also re-equipped the State University Teaching Hospital (YSUTH) to ensure the research and treatment of patients.
On boosting healthcare to the vulnerable, he said: “This administration’s contributory healthcare programme for the formal and informal sectors was to provide healthcare services to both workers and the vulnerable groups.”
He noted that all healthcare delivery services are subsidized at affordable rates.
“About N45, 000 is charged for MRI services, as against the exorbitant rates obtained in other healthcare institutions.
He, therefore, assured that government would continue improving healthcare institutions’ services across the State.