The state Commissioner for Health, Alhaji Yahaya Kanoma has disclosed that the Zamfara Government have appropriated N10.6 billion for various healthcare projects and programmes in the state’s 2020 budget.
He made the disclosure after defending the ministry’s 2020 budget proposals at the state House of Assembly in Gusau on Wednesday.
Kanoma said that the state government planned to execute various health projects and programmes to enhance healthcare service delivery at the primary and secondary healthcare facilities across the state.
According to him, appropriating such amount to the health sector is an indication of the commitments of the administration of Governor Bello Matawalle to ensure effective healthcare service delivery.
He said the state government planned to procure modern healthcare machines and equipment as well as facilitate various healthcare programmes at primary and secondary healthcare facilities in the state.
“You know, in Zamfara we suffered from security challenges, we have various casualties of arm banditry, we have a lot of people suffering from various diseases.
“We are going to facilitate proper coordination and strong partnership with healthcare NGOs to ensure effective health services delivery.
“You know, in health sector NGOs play an important role, we are going to strengthen our partnership with them, we are going to give them all necessary support and cooperation to carry out various health programmes for the development of the state,” Kanoma said.
Meanwhile, the states Commissioner for Rural Development and Cooperatives, Alhaji Abubakar Abdullahi, disclosed to newsmen in Gusau on Wednesday that the state government had also appropriated N500 million for various rural development projects across the state.
Abdullahi while fielding questions after defending the 2020 budget proposals of his ministry, said the state government planned to execute various development projects in rural communities through its Agency for Rural Water and Sanitation (RUWATSAN) in partnership with UNICEF.
The states Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Sulaiman Tunau on his part, also said that the state government planned to digitalise the state Radio and Television stations.
Tunau said the state government in its 2020 budget proposals planned to procure modern equipment and facilities for the state-owned media houses including the state Radio, Television stations and the legacy newspapers.
He said, “This is part of the state government commitments to enhance information dissemination within and outside the state”.