The Kebbi state government had spent N12 billion in the past seven years on the construction and rehabilitation of hospitals and health centers in the state, Gov. Saidu Dakingari has said.

The governor made the disclosure on Saturday in Birnin Kebbi at the Annual General Meeting of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Kebbi branch.

Dakingari, represented by the state’s Commissioner for Health, Alhaji Shehu Sambawa, said 120 MDG Health Centers were rehabilitated, while 200 medical personnel were employed.

“This is why the state government will partner with the NMA to ensure effective healthcare delivery in the state,” he said.

In his speech at the occasion, the NMA Chairman, Dr Umar Kangiwa, said 9,966 people received free health services under the Free Medical Outreach programme of the association.

He said the association had donated drugs and consumables to patients and health centers in the state.

Also, Malam Ahmed Bunza, the Executive Director, Centre for the Advancement of Democracy, called for the review of the healthcare system in the country.

In his paper entitled “Federalism and Nigeria’s Healthcare System — Appraisal of the Primary Healthcare System”, he said the review would boost healthcare delivery.

Bunza urged health workers to be dedicated to their duties and shun any act of laxity, adding that healthcare should be organized based on the needs of the people.

“Government should integrate the health needs of the people with the overall public policy variables.

“But there is also the need for partnership with civil society groups and stakeholders in policy-making on health,’’ he said.

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