By James Samuel
Abuja (Sundiata Post) – Niger State Commissioner of Health, Dr Muhammad Makusidi has called on the people of Lambata in Gurara local government area of the state to ensure proper maintainace of the health facility in their domain.
He gave this advised during hand over of the new hospital constructed by Save One Million Lives (SOML) to the ministry.
Dr Muhammad Makusidi disclosed that the 20 beds capacity hospital financed under the SOML intervention, has separate wards for males, females and children, and it’s equipped with solar power to provides 24 hours power supply, since the town has been suffering from poor power supply.
The Commissioner who urged traditional leaders and the residents to take ownership of the health facility, charged the staff of the hospital to be committed to their works.
He warned that any staff found wanting in discharging their duties would be disciplined, adding that the hospital being a focal facility will benefit from Basic Healthcare Provision Funds (BHPF) which is to be disbursed on quarterly basis for maintanace and recruitment of supporting staff, drugs supply and other services.
Earlier in his remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Dr Joseph Kolo James said the ministry had fulfilled it’s promise made few months ago to construct new hospital in the town.
He therefore called on the council chairman to fulfill his pledges to erect the hospital fence and also to provides security for the safety of the facility.
Dr Joseph kolo announced that the ministry would embark on route visit to ensure that staff are working according to schedule, adding that the ministry would not hesitate to sanctions any absentee staff and acts of misconduct.
The chairman of Gurara Local government, Honourable Yusuf Wali Gawu who was represented by the council secretary, Nasiru Adamu Shaku, thanked the ministry and the donor and also praised the Honorable Binta Mamma, member representing Gurara local constituency for the intervention.
He promised to ensure proper maintanance of the facility which he describes as first of it’s kind in the area while hoping it would later be upgraded to General Hospital.
The Commissioner and his entourage also visited the Maternal and Child Primary Health Centre (MCH) Gawu to inspect it facility.
He promised to address the challenges being faced like lack of drugs and vaccines, proper toilets, non functional cold room.