by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
One hundred and twenty (120)-bed capacity for Mother and Child Hospital in Gashua Headquarters of Bade local government area of Yobe State has been launched by the Senate President, Senator Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan.
The project was executed by the Presidency Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (OSSAP-SDGs) in collaboration with the office of Senate President and Yobe State Government.
Speaking during the launch, Senator Lawan said, the hospital has been named after President Muhammad Buhari in view of his support and cooperation to the people of the area in the provision of democracy dividends. “We appreciate him and will continue to keep his legacies in our mind,” he said.
Senator Lawan stated that, “The hospital commissioned, which is expected to start working today, will continue to benefit the people of Gashua, Yobe State and neighboring states.” He used the forum to announce that next year they will build an Intensive Care Unit at the Specialist Hospital, Gashua, in order to provide more healthcare facilities to their people to complement the efforts of Yobe State Government.
He commended Governor Mai Mala Buni for the partnership and collaboration, which is yielding a positive impact on the livelihood of the citizens.
He urged the health workers to judiciously utilize and maintain the facility to “ensure appropriate care of the facilities,” adding that media practitioners should queue-in, in drawing the attention of the leaders on anything going wrong in the facility.
Speaking earlier, the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammad Buhari on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Adejoke Orelope Adefulire, thanked all that witnessed the commissioning ceremony.
She said, the project is one of the projects SDGs has completed and equipped across Nigeria, and commended the Senate President for facilitating the project, saying, “This intervention will fully benefit the people of the area.
“This partnership is highly commendable; we also appreciate the state governor, Mai Mala Buni, for the cooperation and desire to execute this project here. We appreciate your leadership,” she stated.
According to her, the newly-commissioned hospital has adequate facilities such as private ward, intensive care unit for babies and mothers, and a standby ambulance, among others too numerous to mention.
Yobe State Governor was represented by the Commissioner, Yobe State Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Dr Abubakar Garba Iliya. The governor said that, “In order to ensure quality health care delivery in the state, our administration is also undertaking the upgrade of primary health care centers (PHCCs) to General Hospital status in some communities – Machina, Yusufari, and Bara, respectively.
The aim, according to the governor, was to ensure that they have at least one General Hospital in each of the 17 Local Government Areas in the state. “Government has also upgraded the General Hospitals in Potiskum, Gashua, Geidam and Buni Yadi to Specialist Hospital status,” he noted.