Zamfara state Health and medical facilities are facing serious challenges and pose threats to patients as well as the health care providers.
This was disclosed by the state Governor Dauda Lawal during a state wide broadcast today (Tuesday) in Gusau
Governor Dauda who declared a state of emergency on the health sector of the state said his government is committed to revamping the state’s healthcare system.
The governor lamented the disturbing conditions of the hospitals across the state and noted that he paid an unscheduled visit to Gusau’s general hospital where he expressed concern over the poor conditions that patients were experiencing in hospitals and highlighted steps of intervention by his administration
According to him, the hospitals needed intervention urgently due to the poor state of facilities, equipment and the workers. As a result, he stressed that a state of emergency was declared in the sector.
“On Sunday, January 28, 2024, I paid an unscheduled visit to General Hospital in Gusau to assess its condition. I was shocked and worried by the unhealthy and poor environment that patients seeking medical attention were exposed to.
“It is not just the infrastructural decay that is affecting the health sector in Zamfara State, but the working condition of the healthcare service providers and their welfare is also of great concern.
“As a responsible government, we are taking urgent steps towards intervention. He declared
Dauda said that his campaign manifesto highlighted the crucial healthcare issues that Zamfara State faces. These issues are paramount to the welfare and progress of our citizens. He therefore vowed to address them with the utmost urgency and attention they deserve.
“The health sector in Zamfara is suffering from multiple issues, including poor funding and quality of healthcare delivery, ranging from infrastructure to medical services.
He lamented that Many lives were lost due to the unwanted condition of the health facilities in the state which he pledged to revamp the sector.
He revealed that his administration will improve the quality of all general hospitals through massive infrastructural development, providing State-of-the-art medical equipment, and establishing standard laboratories for proper diagnosis.
Other pledges were provision of free Maternal and child healthcare to reduce maternal and child Mortality; giving special attention to Primary Health Centres (PHCs) in providing standard primary healthcare delivery to remote communities as well as developing a plan to enhance the well-being and welfare of all healthcare service providers in the state.
According to the governor, the state government will establish an affordable and comprehensive health insurance scheme, providing access to quality healthcare services for all citizens of Zamfara State and distribute the necessary equipment and essential medicines to all hospitals across the 14 local government areas and a mandatory physical verification of all hospital staff, including casual workers.