Governor Mai-Mala Buni of Yobe State has procured about 28 customised Tricycle Ambulances to ease transportation of expectant mothers to hospitals during labour or emergency situations in the state.
During the launching ceremony on Tuesday in Damaturu, the governor disclosed that the customised ambulance were procured at the cost of N84.4 million.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that on the same day, the governor commissioned the construction of N1.5billion Maternal, New-born and Child Health complex at the state university Teaching Hospital.
During the foundation-laying ceremony, Mr Buni disclosed that the objective was to strengthen maternal and childcare in the state.
According to him, the effort will reduce the rates of maternal, child morbidity and mortality in the state.
“As a government of Continuity, Consolidation and Innovation, we are determined to maintain and build on our progress in healthcare.
“It is a progress that is recognised and celebrated both here in the state and across the country.
“This was why the Federal Government and the World Bank recently approved a grant of 29 million US Dollars (or around N10.5 billion) to our state for emerging as the overall best among the 36 States of the federation in the implementation of the ‘Saving One Million Lives Programme’.
“As part of our desire to keep healthcare as a priority of our administration, we are working to meet the requirements of the core clinical departments of the State University Teaching Hospital and to ensure the commencement of the housemanship training programme.
“This will help meet the human resource gaps in the hospital and achieve the minimum benchmark for accreditation by regulatory bodies,” he said.
Buni to engage more medical professionals
Mr Buni further disclosed that his administration would engage the services of more medical consultants, medical officers, various levels of nursing staff and other health professionals to serve in the teaching hospital as senior level personnel.
“We also plan to incentivise continuous professional development and provide other opportunities, such as staff housing, in order to continue to track and retain competent personnel working in the Teaching Hospital and the General Hospitals in the State.
“As part of our effort to meet the infrastructure gaps, I recently approved the sum of N216 million for the construction of a one-storey, 200-bed capacity female hostel at Dr. Shehu Sule College of Nursing and Midwifery in the state.
“This was a fulfilment of a promise I made to the students during a recent visit to the College.
“Along with our effort to fast track universal health coverage through the rehabilitation and standardization of 53 Primary Health Centres in the 17 local government areas of the state at the cost of N4.1 billion from the Saving One Million Lives funds, it shows that our commitment to a modern and functional healthcare system is grounded in our desire to make Yobe a healthier society,” the governor stated.
He, therefore, vowed to continue to revitalize the healthcare sector and “make our citizens healthier and capable of contributing to the socio-economic development of the state”.
“We will continue to ensure the provision of free maternal and child healthcare services, regular supply of drugs and consumables to our hospitals, and we will also ensure adequate human resource for health in the State,” Mr Buni added.
Buni commends Buhari, World Bank over grant support
“I commend the effort of President Muhammadu Buhari, the Federal Ministry of Health and World Bank for the grant approved for our state as recognition of our achievements in healthcare and the implementation of the Saving One Million Lives Programme.
“We are also thankful for the support we enjoy from the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, World Health Organisation; UNICEF; Department for International Development, DFID; Women for Health and the Society for Family Health.
“We are also appreciative of the support from the Bill & Melinda Gates and Dangote Foundations, humanitarian agencies and other development partners.
“I want to assure all our partners that we will continue to work with them to ensure the attainment of Universal Healthcare for all by the year 2030, In-sha Allah.
“I want to ask the contractor and supervising agencies for this Maternal, New-born and Child Healthcare Complex project to ensure compliance with specification and construction timelines.
“I also direct the Executive Secretary of the State Primary Healthcare Management Board to ensure that monitoring mechanisms are put in place for the effective and efficient use of the customized tricycles ambulances,” he said.