By Usman Bello, Damaturu
His Excellency, Mai Mala Buni CON, The executive Governor of Yobe state has delivered yet another campaign promises made during the 2019 electioneering campaign to the electorates.
Today in Damaturu, Governor Mai Mala Buni attended the official symbolic ceremony of all Primary Health Care Centres (138) upgraded/rehabilitated and constructed across the 17 Local Government Areas of Yobe State at Primary Health Care Centre Gwange, Damaturu town, Yobe State.
In an address during the visit, the State Chief Executive said that priority of their administration was geared towards rehabilitating, upgrading and establishing at least one functional Primary Healthcare Center in each of the 178 political wards in the state to make healthcare delivery accessible and affordable.
“This became necessary following the mass destruction of public structures including Health facilities, Schools, electricity, and water sources by the Boko Haram insurgency. Similarly, this administration is determined to reform the health sector generally for a total transformation in healthcare delivery across the state. I am glad to inform this gathering that we have successfully completed the construction, rehabilitation and upgrading of 138 Primary Healthcare centers out of the proposed 178 centers for each political ward, and we are here today to officially commission the Gwange Primary Healthcare Centre. This, will no doubt improve the health status of our citizens particularly women and children and to further strengthen the
According to him “similarly, we have upgraded 8 Primary Health Care Centers in Bara, Buni Gari, Babbangida, Yunusari, Yusufari, Jaji-Maji, Machina, and Asibitin Malam baba in Nguru to General Hospitals and Four (4) additional Specialist Hospitals were also established in Buni Yadi, Gashua, Geidam, and Potiskum to improve access to secondary and tertiary healthcare services across the State”.
He explained that “It is important to note that one of the cardinal objectives of our administration is to provide qualityhealthcare delivery to reduce mortality and morbidity rates due to communicable diseases and also reverse the prevalence of non-communicable diseases to meet global targets, and significantly increase the life expectancy and quality of life of our citizens. We remain committed to our drive towards achieving universal Health Coverage (UHC) and indeed other health-related sustainable development goals”.
“As you are aware, in our quest to reach special and hard-to-reach populations and reduce delays in accessing essential and life-saving healthcare services, this administration procured and distributed over 88 customized tricycle ambulances for transporting expectant mothers in labour, or emergencies in order to reduce delay in reaching health facilities or for referral patients in need of further care. Based on the huge positive results achieved with the tricycle ambulances, we are today launching additional tricycle ambulances”.
“In order to address the challenges of healthcare financing and the provision of qualitative drugs and consumables the State government established the Contributory Health Care Management Agency(YOCHMA) and the Drugs and Medical Consumable Agency (YODMA) with the aim of easing access to health care provision for our people. The scheme which was initially meant for civil servants has now been extended to the informal sector while about Two Hundred Thousand (200,000) vulnerable persons have also been enrolled in the scheme”.
“This administration is also about to float the Yobe State Emergency Medical Ambulance Service Agency. An executive bill in that regard has already been transmitted to the State House of Assembly and is currently at an advanced level of legislative action. These are part of our strategies for reducing maternal, pre-natal, and child morbidity and mortality that may occur due to complications of pregnancy, labour, and delivery”.
“As part of our efforts to address the huge gaps in human resources for health, the Government has institutionalized the foundation year program where one female candidate is selected yearly from each of our Political wards and enrolled in a midwifery course with full sponsorship. This necessitated the expansion of facilities at the Shehu Sule College of Nursing and Midwifery, Damaturu. The Government will continue to absorb Nurses/Midwives and other skilled professional health workers being produced from our health training institutions to bridge the gaps in human resources for healthcare delivery”.
“The Medical College established in the State University will be nurtured and supported to provide a conducive learning environment for the training of manpower for our health institutions. As the saying goes,health is wealth; this administration has completed the construction of a 250-bed capacity Maternal and Child Health Care Complex at the Yobe State University Teaching Hospital (YSUTH), Damaturu, the largest complex in the country. This is expected to be commissioned very soon to serve as a teaching as well as a referral center within and outside the State”.
“Let me at this juncture appreciate the roles being played by our traditional and religious leaders and the LGA Chairmen. They have contributed to the successes recorded in key health indicators as revealed from recent national surveys. I wish to call on them to sustain and redouble their efforts to increase demand and utilization of Primary Healthcare services in their respective areas”.
“I would also like to thank all our development partners working closely with the State Primary Health Care Management Board and State Ministry for Health and Human Services for their support and technical guidance”.
“I wish to reaffirm my commitment to our collective efforts and responsibilities to sustain the gains in our immunization coverage and ensure that good quality primary healthcare services are delivered to allresidents of Yobe State. It is now my singular honour and privilege to Commission the Gwange Primary Healthcare Centre today Tuesday 13th December 2022.