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PCNI to increase support for health and agriculture in North East


The Presidential Committee on the North East Initiative says the health and Agricultural sectors’ demands are enormous in the rebuilding efforts of the North East.
The Vice Chairman of PCNI Tijjani Tumsah said this when he received a delegation from the Adamawa state ministries of Health and Agriculture.
He urged the delegates to focus on these key areas in their development strides.
He pledged that PCNI will work together with the state and other stake holders and partners to alleviate the challenges of the region.
Speaking earlier, the representative of the health ministry, Mr. Mansur Suleiman, itemised three critical needs of the sector in Adamawa State. These are the lack of human resources, infrastructure and equipment, and the absence of a health information system. These deficits adversely affect the efficiency of deliveries by the sector.
He disclosed that there are only 2 consultants, 63 doctors, 731 nurses and 71 midwives in Adamawa State –a paltry number which is grossly inadequate for healthcare delivery in the state. In addition, the College of Health Technology, Mubi and the College of Nursing and Midwifery are plagued by infrastructural challenges and non-accreditation of courses on offer which has affected service output.
Speaking on Livestock Sector, Dr. Abdulrahman Tukur said that the sector being the biggest contributor to the economy of the state, has practically collapsed due to negligence and desertion of the livestock.
He also highlighted other issues such as direct livestock-related damages and livestock value chain as well as the need to reconstruct dilapidated and destroyed veterinary infrastructure estimated at over N1 billion for reviving the sector. The team stated that their objective was to solicit PCNI’s support for the revitalisation of both sectors to meet the required standards for effective service delivery to the communities and the entire region.

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