Governor of Yobe State, Maimala Buni has laid the foundation for the state’s Maternal, Newborn Child Healthcare (MNCH) complex to improve capacity of the University Teaching Hospital.
Buni who highlited the cost of the facility said, the Damaturu healthcare complex requires N1.59 billion to be completed, as it will serve as a referral centre of excellence, while the foundation laying event, which also marks the distribution of 28 tricycle ambulances, procured at N84.5 million.He said the ambulances would ease transportation of expectant mothers in labour or in emergency situations.
“They are means of reducing maternal, pre-natal and child morbidity and mortality that may follow the complications of pregnancy, labour and delivery,” he said.The governor said the services that would be provided in the facility will comprise, regular supply of drugs and consumables to hospitals, with adequate human resource for healthcare deliveries.
According to Buni, the completion of health project is to strengthen maternal and childcare in order to reduce rates of morbidity and mortality among mothers and infants.This, he said, will also meet requirements of clinical departments of The State University Teaching Hospital (YSUTH), including Houseman ship training programme.
“They will also meet human resource gaps in the hospital and achieve the minimum benchmark for accreditation by regulatory bodies,” he said.He said that government would continue to ensure the provision of free maternal and child healthcare services.
Buni commended President Muhammadu Buhari, Federal Ministry of Health and World Bank for the grant approved for the state.He said the $29 million (N10.5 billion) grant, was in recognition of state’s achievements in healthcare with the implementation of saving a million lives programme.“We’re appreciative of the support from the Bill & Melinda Gates and Dangote Foundations, humanitarian agencies and other development partners,” he said.
He added that the government would continue work with them to attain universal healthcare for all by 2030.
Buni said the state government would engage more healthcare personnel, equipment and the furnishing of the maternal and newborn child health complex.
His words: “There will be provision of medical laboratory and a lecture theatre for medical students. These also include extension of the Owner-Occupier Housing Scheme (OOHS) to medical doctors and other healthcare personnel.
“They will be attended within the limits of our state’s budgetary provisions and existing government policies.”The governor further commended the services of the contractor and supervising agencies, urging them to ensure compliance with the terms of contract to build the facility, adding that a monitoring mechanism has already been put in place for “effective and efficient” use of tricycle ambulances
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