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Niger To Build 70 New Primary Healthcare Centres, Upgrade Old Ones

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Posted: Sep 1, 2016 at 7:21 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chinwendu Nnadozie




Niger State government has concluded arrangements to construct 70 new primary healthcare centres in all the 25 local government councils under the administration’s Primary Health Care Under One Roof (PHCUOR) programme this year. It is also planning to upgrade old ones.

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

The 70 PHCs, Governor Bello said is part of the first phase of the 274 of such centres expected to offer 24 hours comprehensive medical service for each of the wards across the three senatorial districts in the state.

Bello said, “In the next one year, at least 70 PHCUOR service facilities would be rolled out across Niger State through massive renovation, equipping and manpower improvements to meet the present day health challenges”.

Governor Bello said his administration has resolved to give priority attention to this level of healthcare care system as the closest to the rural populace with a view to significantly reducing maternal and childhood mortality.

In order to meet the health needs of the state, Bello said his administration recently carried out free eye tests and general surgeries that benefited about 3, 000 people from across all the 25 local government areas.

Bello assured of his administration’s preparedness to continue to explore partnership with local and foreign medical service providers and other stakeholders for the delivery of qualitative healthcare services for the state.

Dr. Mustapha Jibril, State Commissioner for Health, who commended MTN Foundation for the support said his ministry and the telecommunication services provider have been engaged in this mutually beneficial partnership in the past three years.

The Commissioner also gave the names of other General Hospitals in; Lapai, New Bussa, Mokwa and Suleja to benefit from the Maternal Ward Support Project in the state.

Chairman, MTN Foundation, Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi had earlier said the initiative which is spread across six states, a state from each  of the geo-political zones is a step towards addressing and reducing to the barest minimal infant and maternal mortality in Nigeria.

The chairman represented by a director in the foundation, Alhaji Muhammadu Liman reiterated the resolve of the MTN Foundation to partner with governments and other well-meaning individuals to contribute positively to the development of the state.