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Kaduna acquires N2.9bn hospital equipment for 290 PHCs

Kaduna State Government has taken delivery of N2.9 billion worth hospital equipment.

THE NATION reports that the equipment were purchased for 290 Primary Health Care (PHC) centres spread across the 255 wards in the state.Information Guide Nigeria

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Dr. Amina Mohammed-Baloni, Commissioner of Health said the state government in its efforts to take healthcare closer to the people, is also building 255 clinics in addition to the focal Primary Health Centres (PHCs).

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Dr. Mohammed-Baloni said: “We are here to receive the equipment that Kaduna State Government bought for all the 255 focal PHCs in the state; as you know, we have 255 wards and in line with the implementation of the policy of Primary Healthcare Under One Roof, we have embarked on renovations, upgrades and now equipment of facilities.

“In addition to that, we have employed over 2,000 staff to make sure that these facilities are fully functional for 24hours. The equipment was bought since last year at the value of about N2.9 billion, for each of the facilities to be fully equipped and staff for services to be rendered the whole day.NYSC Portal

“The equipment are not just for the 255 PHCs, but for 290. We have 255 focal PHCs in our 255 wards in the state, but there are some wards that are very big and we have added additional PHCs, which are being built, some have been completed. So, they are 290 all together and we have purchased the equipment for all of them.

“We are also building 255 clinics in addition to the PHCs, so as to improve access to care.

“Some of the major equipment that we have here include bed furniture, examination couch, hospital bed and mattresses, stainless steel drip stand, stools, Ward screen. We have a lab instrument, which includes the microscope, different instruments to be used in the labour ward and in the open ward, baby warmer among others. So, it’s a whole range of all the equipment that you need to have a fully functional facility.

“This is a major achievement. We have been concentrating on infrastructure and you have to have the equipment, as well as the staff. So, we have done the infrastructure, we have done staffing and this is the equipment best, they complement each other.

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“We have put measures in place to ensure that the equipment are properly distributed, and put to use for the people,” she added.

Isah Gidado, Secretary Kaduna State Maternal I Accountability Mechanism, commended the state government for, adding that the project was a product of advocacy by the civil society organizations in the state.

Gidado called on members of the communities, not only to protect the equipment when deployed to the PHCs, but make proper use of them for the better of women and children healthcare.JAMB Result

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Idongesit Akpa-Ayang

Idongesit is a graduate of Communication Arts, University of Uyo. Currently working as a news reporter at InfoGuide Nigeria.

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