Borno Govt. spends N8bn on post-insurgency healthcare projects
February 1, 2018
N8 billion on reconstruction and rehabilitation of health facilities
destroyed by the Boko Haram insurgents in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that health sector is one of
the areas worst hit by the insurgency as the large scale destruction of
facilities has paralysed medical services in the
Statistics by the United Nation Office for Coordination of
Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) shows that 6.9 million people need
healthcare interventions in the North-East due to humanitarian crisis caused by the Boko Haram insurgency.
According to the UN agency, a greater percentage of those in need are
in Borno, who cannot access quality healthcare services
especially in rural communities.
In an attempt to mitigate the effects and transform the sector, the
Borno Government in collaboration with the Federal Government and
development organisations embarked on massive reconstruction and
rehabilitation of projects to enhance healthcare delivery at the grassroots.
The State Government had spent over N4 billion on procurement
of medical equipment and another N4 billion on rehabilitation of 248
health facilities ravaged by the terrorists.
The state Commissioner of Health, Mr Haruna Mishelia, said the insurgents
had destroyed over 80 per cent of healthcare facilities, including 19
General Hospitals, which he said, crippled healthcare delivery in
Mshelia, however, said that in spite of the security challenges posed by the
insurgency, the state government initiated viable projects designed to
reinvigorate the sector and enhance quality healthcare delivery to the
He said the projects were executed in the liberated
communities in the 27 local government areas in the past two years,
adding that rehabilitation and upgrading works on 19 general hospitals
were successfully completed.
The commissioner listed the projects to include the general hospitals in Guzamala, Rann, Chibok, Uba, Biu, Askira, Kwayar-Kusar, Mafa, and Dikwa general hospitals.
Others are: Mobbar; Shani, Marama, Munguno, Damboa, Ngala, Benisheikh,
Konduga, Ngarannam, Kaga, Gwoza and Kukawa general hospitals, adding that plans had
reached advanced stage for the establishment of 8 new general hospitals in addition to the existing 24.
He said eight general hospitals had so far been equipped with modern
equipment to enhance their operations, and they included Maryam Abacha
Women and Children Hospital; Moloi, Shani, Biu, Benisheikh, Gubio,
Konduga and Dikwa general hospitals.
“Two other hospitals at Azare and Gajiram have been upgraded to 80-bed
Capacity, while work on a 250-bed capacity women and children Hospital was completed,” he said.
Mshelia also disclosed that N4.2 billion was spent on procurement of
medical equipment such as radio diagnostic and scanning machines,
ethno-cardiographs, mammography and digital X-ray gadgets.
According to him, the equipment would be distributed to Accident and
Emergency (A&E) and Intensive Care Units in the hospitals.
On immunisation and disease control, the commissioner said over
N200 million was spent to replenish the paediatrics department at
Specialist Hospital, Maiduguri, as well as rehabilitation of the
Primary Health Care Development Agency (PHCDA) office.
He said the state government was collaborating with Bill and
Melinda Gates as well as Dangote Foundations to enhance routine immunisation.
Under the partnership over $1 million dollars were spent
on rehabilitation and provision of medical equipment to 40 clinics.
Equally, about one million people were inoculated against cholera; 1.3
million children immunised against polio and measles; 888, 905
children and expectant mothers provided with free malaria drugs and
2.1 mosquito nets were distributed to households.
“Through our partnership, we are able to control outbreak of
epidemics such as cholera, meningitis and Hepatitis E,” Mshelia said.
He also disclosed that the state government was providing free drugs in
all the health facilities and had introduced integrated healthcare
services in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps.
He said the state government had recruited 100 doctors and awarded
scholarship to 60 female medical students to address the manpower shortage in the health sector.
Statistics by the state Ministry of Health shows that there are 4,
800 health workers in the state, comprising 158 doctors; 1, 094
Nurses and Midwives; 29 laboratory scientists; 150 laboratory
Technicians; 250 community health attendants and 12 pharmacists.