Yobe State Govt approves N4.5bn for maternal, child health complex

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By Nabilu Balarabe

Damaturu, Aug 6, 2022 Yobe State Executive Council (SEC) has approved N4.5 billion for equipping and furnishing the ongoing Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Complex at the state’s Teaching Hospital, Damaturu.

Dr Mohammad Gana, the Commissioner for Health, stated this while conducting journalists around the project site in Damaturu on Saturday.

He said part of the fund would be used for procurement and installation of state-of-the-art laparoscopic machines, basic and advanced diagnostic as well as theatre equipment.

The commissioner said the project’s contract awarded in 2020 at the cost of N1.6 billion had reached 95 percent completion, adding that it would be put to use by December, 2022.

According to Gana, the over 250-bed-capacity facility has been designed with gynaecological and obstetrics clinics, emergencies and admission units, operating theatre, paediatrics ward as well as labour, delivery and special baby care units, among others.

The commissioner said if completed, the complex, one of the largest in the northern Nigeria, would address current maternal and child negative indices in Yobe and neighbouring states.

“It is designed to meet tertiary care, research as well as training of health workers related to this field of medicine,” he said.

On manning the facility, Gana said the state government had continuously employed and absolved many doctors, nurses, midwives, pharmacists and laboratory technicians.

He said that over 400 indigenous medical students had been sponsored by the state at various institutions across the country.

The commissioner said some of the aforementioned personnel and those to graduate from the teaching hospital would be engaged to effectively man the facility.