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Bauchi health sector rehabilitation

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Sir: The decadence of our health sector and lack of facilities have been a very troubling point of discussion in Bauchi – it’s a nationwide problem though. And it’s obvious that each of the state governors is trying to find a lasting solution to his people to get rid of the ugly predicament in the health sector in their respective states. It could be recalled that last week, Nigeria was declared “Polio-free” after a struggle of so many decades. It was delightful news that caught up the whole attention of every concerned citizen of Nigeria.

Governor Bala Mohammed ran the affairs of his office on a prosperous visit to the capital city, Abuja as part of his administration’s dedication to partner with whoever has a vital role to play in the rehabilitation of Bauchi social amenities.

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The governor had congratulated the minister of health on their achievement and determination to ensure that Nigeria has become a safe place to live, which was possible because of the hard work they put in place that helped the country out of the “Polio” catastrophe that had been baffling every nook and cranny of Nigeria. Mohammed also mentioned that Bauchi has had a health sector allocation of over  15% of its budget, which makes him unique in the whole northeastern Nigeria as well as 108 Primary Health Care (PHC) centers in place with help from development partners – European Union and UNICEF but aspiring to have one PHC per political ward of the state. This was possible because of the commitment of the governor to improve the standard of health in the state.

Since he came on board, he has been working round the clock to synergies with development partners. Fortunately, the efforts of the governor has yielded juicy results. The health minister offered his commendation to the governor on that effort. And finally, the governor solicited the support of the minister for the development and expansion of the health care delivery in Bauchi State, through advancing the capacity of the health workers in both general hospitals and primary health care centres. Mohammed, therefore, invited the honourable Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire to be a part of the upcoming Bauchi State Health Summit at a future date.

The minister, thereafter, accepted the Bauchi governor’s invitation to be a part of the upcoming Bauchi State Health Summit.

Muhammad Khalid Idris.

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