NGSG reiterates commitment to provision of affordable, qualitative healthcare services

By Abubakar Hassan

Niger State government has reiterated its commitment towards providing affordable and qualitative healthcare services to the people of the state.

The state Commissioner for primary healthcare, Dr. Ibrahim Dangana stated this at the commissioning of the renovated Elizabeth Shaba Comprehensive Healthcare Centre facility, at Nyikangbe community of the Chanchaga local government area.

The facility which was given a facelift by the Chanchaga local government council under the leadership of Hon. Aminu Yakubu Ladan has a new laboratory building, ultra scan machine, bedding, as well as other medical equipment, and doctor residence.

The Commissioner added that the gesture by the Chanchaga local government council Chairman was in line with the mandate of the Farmer Governor, Mohammed Umar Bago to upgrade all primary healthcare facilities across the 274 wards of the state to bring healthcare services to the doorstep of the people.

He said the Ministry of Primary Healthcare and that of local government and chieftaincy affairs will provide support to the efforts of the council Chairman to ensure that the services provided at the facility are optimal and meet the yearnings of the people, to improve maternal and child health services.

The Commissioner also called on the people of the community to take ownership of the facility and promised to establish a ward health development committee for the facility and to continue to provide all the necessary support to the Chanchaga local government council in all the health facilities under it.

He equally appreciated the Farmer Governor Umar Bago for providing a conducive environment for the revitalization of primary healthcare services across the state, urging women to ensure that they make their children available for immunization.

Earlier in his address, the Council Chairman of Chanchaga local government, Hon. Aminu Yakubu Ladan said the gesture was part of the commitment of the council towards the revitalization of the health sector in the local government, particularly maternal and child healthcare.

He disclosed that as part of the efforts of the council to improve the well-being of the people of the local government, the council has provided a motorized industrial borehole at the Minna abattoir to improve the hygiene condition of the facility, provided scholarships to indigent health students, and also collaborated with health officials at the Minna general hospital to provide services to some poor and vulnerable people while the council offset the cost monthly.

The council Chairman added that the Nyikangbe healthcare facility now has a scanning machine and some laboratory equipment with bed facilities, revealing that they have also engaged some indigenous doctors who will be attending to people three times a week.

He also promised that the council would continue to seek the provision of good healthcare services for the people of the local government and solicited the support of the state government through the Ministry of Primary Healthcare to provide more of such gestures to other parts of the local government area.

In his remarks, the state Commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs, Hon. Hamidu Mu'azu Jantabo, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Abubakar Aliyu Mila expressed delight over the gesture by the council Chairman, saying the Council had already taken the lead in actualizing the mandate of the Farmer Governor to upgrade all primary healthcare facilities in the state.

He also promised that the ministry would support the council to make the hospital a model and observed that Chanchaga local government is home to people from all the 25 local government areas of the state, hence the continued support of the ministry towards the laudable projects of the council Chairman.

There were goodwill messages from other stakeholders present at the occasion, including the representative of the state APC Chairman, Nyikangbe community leader, Nyikangbe youth leader, as well as women and affinity group midwives of Chanchaga local government who presented an award of recognition to the council Chairman for his humanitarian services to the people.

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