Yobe gov’t inaugurates healthcare facilities in border communities
Yobe State Government has commissioned healthcare facilities in some border communities to save residents the stress of moving to Niger Republic to seek healthcare services.
In a statement signed by Mamman Mohammed, DG, Press and Media Affairs to Governor Mai Mala Buni, the state Commissioner of Health, Dr Mohammed Lawan Gana, said new healthcare centres have been established in Tulo-Tulo, Dole-Machina, Mayori and Gumsa border communities by the Governor Mai Mala Buni’s administration to make healthcare accessible and affordable in the rural areas.
Dr Gana said Governor Buni’s policy of establishing one functional primary healthcare in every political ward has made accessible and affordable healthcare a reality.
“I commissioned these facilities on behalf of His Excellency Governor Mai Mala Buni to commence providing services to the people.
“Government provided the facilities with equipment, drugs and medical personnel for effective services,” the Commissioner said.
Dr Gana said the government embarked on a holistic transformation of the health sector to provide effective and efficient healthcare delivery to the people.
“The Buni administration has established 138 out of the proposed 178 functional Primary Healthcare facilities in every political ward.
“Six Primary Healthcare Centres have been upgraded to General Hospitals and the four General Hospitals in Gashua, Potiskum, Buni Yadi and Geidam have been upgraded to Specialist Hospitals in addition to the one in Damaturu to bring healthcare delivery to the doorsteps of our people,” Dr Gana said.
Speaking further, he said the state government has re-equipped the State University Teaching Hospital to facilitate research and treatment.
Additionally that the administration of Governor Buni has introduced the Contributory Healthcare Programme for formal and informal sectors to boost effective medical services to civil servants and the vulnerable group.
According to the commissioner, the government has grossly subsidised medical charges in tertiary medical facilities.
He said N45,000 is charged for MRI against N70-N100 paid in other states while N15,000 is charged for CT Scan against the exorbitant rates obtained in other health facilities.
Dr Gana also assured that the government would continue to prioritise the health sector.