The Gombe state Commissioner for Health, Dr Ahmed Gana, has disclosed that the state government had plans to buy nine dialysis machines to equip the dialysis centre of the Specialist Hospital, Gombe.
Gana, who made the disclosure in an interview with newsmen in Gombe Friday, said the machines would be used for a different line of patients’ management.
He said the previous administration awarded the contract for the machines, but the contractor was not mobilised and so abandoned the contract.
According to him, the present administration would make the procurement a reality to ease the sufferings of patients who go to other states for dialysis.
The commissioner decried the deplorable condition of facilities in some of the hospitals in the state, particularly the general hospitals in Dukku, Nafada, Akko and Billiri.
He also expressed concerns over the quality of service delivery in the hospitals due to lack of functional equipment and shortage of manpower, especially medical doctors.
Gana said out of the 23 secondary facilities, 11 were cottage hospitals with only one doctor in each facility, which is grossly inadequate, adding that the accident and emergency units of all the facilities, the first point of contact, were in bad shape, with no oxygen equipment to take care of surgical and medical needs of the people.