BAUCHI State governor, Mallam Isa Yuguda, has declared that his administration is determined to improve health care delivery in the state, saying that this informed certain decisions taken by his government in the health sector in the state.
Speaking while declaring open the third Bauchi State Council on Health, with the theme: “Moving The Bauchi State Health Sector:Now and Beyond 2015,”at the banquet hall of the Government House, Bauchi, the governor stated that his administration, since coming on board in 2007, had undertaken some giant strides in the sector.
According to the governor, as part of improving health care delivery in the state, the state specialist hospital was upgraded to a teaching hospital and handed over to the Federal Government to serve as the Abuabakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital.
He added that “As a consequence of that, the state government awarded a contract for the construction of a new 350-bed capacity specialist hospital, equipped with state-of-the-art facilities at the cost of N2.7 billion.”
He stated that the administration had extended its interventions in the sector to all the 20 local government areas of the state, adding that as of now, 11 new 110- bed general hospitals had been constructed and equipped in Azare, Shira, Gamawa, Jama’ are, Tafawa Balewa, Ningi, Kafin Madaki, Bogoro, Giade, Toro and Bayara, while works had reached advance stages on those of Zaki and Misau.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, while commending the Bauchi State government for the giant strides it had taken in the health sector, stated that of importance currently and in the post-2015 development era was the need to ensure that Nigerian health system at all levels was strengthened to respond to public health emergencies adequately.
The minister said “to the best of my knowledge, Bauchi State is the first state to begin to strategise for the implementation of the declaration of the Presidential Summit on Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
“The antecedents of Bauchi State government stand in good stead to be among the first states in the federation to achieve UCH. Bauchi State is also among the few states that are participating in the National Health Insurance Scheme.”
Also speaking, Bauchi State Commissioner for Health, Dr Sani Abuabakar Malami, declared that the Yuguda-led administration placed high premium on health care delivery in its developmental agenda.
According to him, this was illustrated by the consistent placement of health care delivery as one of the three main priority areas of the budgets executed by the administration from 2007 till date.
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