Govt earmarks N415.8m to boost healthcare sector
The Kebbi State Govrnment has earmarked N415.8 million to healthcare sector, the state Commissioner for Health, Alhaji Umaru Kambaza, has said.
Kambaza told newsmen in Birnin Kebbi on Monday that the amount would be spent on the rehabilitation of 13 hospitals and primary healthcare centres as well as provision of drugs and recruitment of qualified personnel. The commissioner said the state had not failed in the prompt settlement of counterpart funding to national and foreign healthcare delivery partners. He said a new maternity facility would be provided in Argungu in additionn to the rehabilitation of the general hospital, stressing that the Sir Yahaya Memorial Hospital in the Kebbi metropolis would be expanded. He said the amount would also be spent on the rehabilitation of general hospitals in the first phase of the project that included those in Bagudo, Kamba, Jega, Dirin Daji, Zuru, Koko, Yauri, Zauro and Kambaza. He said other hospitals and healthcare centres would be rehabilitated in the second phase of the project. He said Saudi Arabia had assisted in the treatment of 5,000 eye patients, while 7,000 were operated upon. The commissioner assured that the state government was ready to sustain its partnership with foreign countries to improve the health sector.