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Niger to build 70 Health Centres in 10 months, plans 24-hour medical services

Niger to build 70 Health Centres in 10 months, plans 24-hour medical services

Sani Bello

The Niger State government is to build 70 new Primary Healthcare Centres this fiscal year under its Primary Healthcare Under one Roof (PHCUOR) programme, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has disclosed.

The centres form the first phase of the 274 of such centres to offer 24 hours comprehensive medical service in each of the wards in the state.

Sani Bello disclosed this while commissioning one of the four MTN Foundation Maternal Ward Support Projects in the state at General Hospital, Lapai, headquarters of Lapai Local Government area of the state.

“In the next one year, at least 70 PHCOUR service facilities would be rolled out across Niger State through massive renovation, equipping and manpower improvement,” Sani Bello disclosed.

He said the neglect of the Primary Healthcare over the years informed the resolve of his administration to give priority attention to this level of healthcare delivery with a view to reducing significantly maternal and childhood mortality in the state.

The governor further said that in order to meet the need of qualitative primary healthcare delivery in the state, his administration recently carried out free eye surgeries to 500 people and general surgeries for 2500 people in all the 25 local government areas of the state.

Sani Bello assured that his administration was committed to providing qualitative, comprehensive and affordable healthcare, hence the holistic attention given to the manpower and welfare need of the sector as well as the massive infrastructural improvement of various hospitals in the state.

The governor, however, said that government’s efforts at transforming the healthcare sector would require private sector and public spirited individual partnership.

Commending MTN Foundation, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mustapha Jibril said his ministry and the donor had engaged in mutually beneficial partnership in the last three years.

He said that General Hospitals in Lapai, New Bussa, Mokwa and Suleja were benefiting from the Maternal Ward Support Project in the state.

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