MAIDUGURI, North-East, Nigeria – To monitor implementation of the ongoing health sector reforms in the state, the Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, on Thursday visited the Maryam Abacha Maternal Hospital where he approved construction of permanent quarters for doctors and other health workers.
Even as he approved the recruitment of additional 20 nurses, midwives and other health workers to bridge the manpower gap in the hospital.
At the Gwange Maternity Health Centre, he also approved the installation of a solar power system to increase access to stable power supply.
For both health centres, Zulum directed the State’s Ministry of Health to roll out modalities for procurement of additional maternal drugs and consumables towards increased support for pregnant women under a free maternal healthcare service.
Zulum had in 2020 approved the ongoing construction of new doctors’ quarters, located opposite Umaru Shehu Ultra Modern Hospital, which is now at completion levels.
In September 2020, the state Government equally approved the recruitment of 549 medical doctors, nurses and other health workers, after previous directive for recruitment of 19 doctors and 150 nurses in July of same year. In January this year, 2021, Zulum approved another set of 40 medical doctors.
The Zulum administration has since 2019, established 74 Primary Healthcare Centres across the state and ordered rehabilitation of several General hospitals, and upgraded the status of General hospitals in Monguno and Biu LGAs to specialist hospitals.
The Governor also visited the site at the State University Teaching Hospital to assess work level which commenced in November 2020, to enable the institution start course in medicine and allied subjects.
According to him, besides being an academic institution, the hospital will provide affordable and quality healthcare services to citizens in line with his administration’s health development programs; and commended the contractors for making quality work within considerable time.
“I am very impressed with the level and quality of work done here. Your performance is indeed wonderful. We will ensure required funds are released for the other components to start immediately. I want all the works to progress at the same phase.
“While the construction work is ongoing, we shall fast track the procurement of the medical facilities and insha Allah we hope to commission the hospital late next year,” Zulum said.
Conducting the Governor round, the overseeing Engineer, Engr. Usman Monguno, explained that, the General Out-patient Department (GOPD) which renders primary medical care, patients are seen, investigated, treated and those requiring specialist care referred to specialist consultant clinical is at 80 per cent completion level.
It would be recalled that the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, performed the foundation stone laying of the hospital located at Maiduguri-Damaturu road near the main University campus.