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Bauchi govt restricts operations of okada•••Removes PHCs from LGAs

| March 14, 2013 More

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DISTURBED by the rate of criminality in the state which in some instances had led to loss of lives, the Bauchi State government, on Wednesday, placed a restriction order on the operation of motorcycles, popularly known as Okada, in the state.

 A press statement issued the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Governor Isa Yuguda, Mr Ishola Michael Adeyemi, and made available to the Nigerian Tribune in Bauchi, on Wednesday, stated that Okada operatorsmust not carry passengers between the hours of 6p.m. and 6a.m. in the state until further notice.

“Henceforth, operators of motorcycles in the state are have been banned from carrying passengers between 6p.m and 6a.m until further notice,” the statement said.

According to the statement, “most of the reported criminal activities that occurred in Bauchi metropolis and other parts of the state were committed by persons riding on motorcycles.

Meanwhile, in order to improve healthcare delivery in the state, the state government has also removed the operation of all primary health care centres in the state from the local government councils to the State Primary Health Care Development Agency (SPHCDA).

This was, according to the Executive Secretary of the SPHCDA, Dr Nisser Ali Umar, while addressing a  sensitisation workshop for traditional and religious leaders on promoting routine immunisation and maternal and child health services in the state at the palace of the Emir of Dass, followed the passage of a bill, which had since been assented by Governor Yuguda.

Dr Umar informed that the move was aimed at improving healthcare delivery in the state as well as ensuring reduction in maternal mortality in Bauchi State.

“The State House of Assembly passed a bill, which was signed by Governor Isa Yuguda, that removed the PHC from the local government councils to the SPHCDA in order to improve health care services and to reduce maternal mortality in the state,” the executive secretary said.

With the new development, Dr Umar assured that his agency would provide qualified staff for all the primary health centres in the state to boost service delivery in the state.

While lamenting the refusa of many pregnant women in the state to go to hospital for antenatal services as well as refusal of some parents to allow their to children take routine immunization, the executive secretary called on traditional and religious leaders in the state to educate their people on relevance of safe motherhood, child health,among others.

He advised the people of the state, especially pregnant women and children, to make use of quality healthcare services being provided by the hospitals in the state.

In his address, the Emir of Dass, Alhaji Usman Bilyaminu Usman, assured the support of who is also the chairman of the state mobilisation committee on polio eradication, traditional and religious leaders towards the success of government programmes aimed at improving the health care of the people.

Category: Bauchi State News

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