Bauchi State government has on Wednesday received two additional health care facilities fully renovated and upgraded by the European Union governments through United Nations Children Education Fund being part of the partnership engaged in with the state to support the improvement of health care replenishment in the State.
The updated health care centres which was tagged ‘Centre of Excellence’ involved Gadau PHC, Itas Gadau local government and that of Isawa PHC in Giade local government area and were among the 108 earmarked in the partnership which currently undergoing total refurbishment.
Speaking at the occasion, the Executive Chairman, Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency Dr Rilwanu Muhammad informed the gathering that UNICEF has been a strong partner and supporter, revealing that every year for immunization alone UNICEF spends over two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000) in Bauchi State plus multiple intervention supports both in health and education sector.
” Already additional 14 health centres have been awarded to another contractors by the EU-UNICEF support project in some local governments, assured that, with these facilities, government will task local government councils to ensure maintainance and cleanliness” he said.
Dr. Ridwan further said ” To properly maintain the upgraded facilities, with Basic Health Care Provision Fund in place, all the renovated health centres and including the 323 will be taken care of, noted that at the moment Nigeria State Health Investment Project NSHIP has already set a stage through a robust refurbishment of 204 health facilities with supplies of equipment and consumables in 10 LGAs earmarked for the project”.
He therefore called on the people of the two communities to make appropriate use of the facilities as UNICEF is always passionate and concern about the plight and survival of women and children in the society, added that women should attend to their hospital for antenatal, immunization as well as deliveries.
In his part, the Head of UNICEF Bauchi Field Office, Mr Bhanu Pathak, explained that the relationship between Bauchi State government and UNICEF was as a result of the commitment to improve the health system in such a way that would guaranteed quick access to basic health care necessities to the people of the State, noted that EU – UNICEF would continue to support the state through both the Primary Health Development Agency and the state Ministry of Health.
He also pointed out that UNICEF is receiving the needed support from the government of Bauchi State, especially with the declaration of State of Emergency by Governor Bala Abdulkadir Muhammad in the health sector which if properly implemented will turn around things for good in the sector, stated that the partnership will continue to provide impactful results to the people of the state.
Mr Pathak further disclosed that Gadau and Isawa Health facilities bring the number of those that were renovated so far to 39, added initially UNICEF had planned to support in the rehabilitation of 162 facilities but later reviewed the conditions to 108 so as to have quality of work in the project executions. He also said they will continue to support the state in terms of building the capacity of health workers, provision of hospital equipment and other valuables through European Union funding.
In there separate remarks, the District Head of Gadau Alhaji Muhammad Gadau and that of Village Head of Isawa Alhaji Yaya Abubakar appreciated the effort of the UNICEF for touching the lives of their people through the overall renovation of the facilities and also commended and pray for the administration of Governor Bala Abdulkadir Muhammad for his concern towards the well-being of people at the grassroot.