By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
The European Union (EU) in partnership with the Bauchi State Government, in partnership and United Nations Children’s Funds (UNICEF) is to renovate 162 primary healthcare centres (PHCs) across the twenty local government areas of the state for improved healthcare delivery services.
Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (SPHCDA) Executive Chairman, Pharmacist Adamu Ibrahim Gamawa dropped the hint at the formal handing over of health facility to contractor at Liman Katagum village in Bauchi Local Government Area Wednesday.
“Today will be the formal day to handover Liman Katagum Comprehensive Health Centre for remodeling through total renovation by the contractor who will execute the project”, Gamawa said.
Pharmacist Adamu Gamawa said that Liman Katagum PHC is among the health center of excellence to be renovated among the 31 PHCs in the first phase of the project.
Gamawa stated, “The 162 PHCs across the state will be renovated and remodel in phases, we are starting with 31 PHCs, out of which 10 PHCs each for Bauchi and Katagum Local Government Areas while the remaining18 Local Government Areas will each has 8 PHC for renovation”.
He stressed the need for strengthening primary health workers to enhance effective participation at the grassroots and make effective management of primary health centres in their respective areas.
He however assured that healthcare services and delivery should not stop because of the renovation taking place in the facilities, and commended UNICEF and EU for their commitment in promoting primary healthcare system in the state.
Earlier, UNICEF Health Officer in Bauchi, Mr. Seyi Olusunde, said the Agency and EU are fully committed towards the upgrading of health facilities in the state.
“Facilities at the centres should be upgraded to offer all services with appropriate staffing, equipment and consumables made readily available”, he said.
Olusunde explained that the state government and its partners have suggested ways of reviving the already dilapidated health centres across the state.
He urged traditional and religious leaders in the communities to embark on sensitization of women, for regular attendance of anti natal and giving birth in the facilities.
The village head of Liman Katagum, Alhaji Yakubu Abubakar Gani commended the state government for considering Liman Katagum primary health centre for the renovation and as center of excellence among others.
The 162 health facilities in Bauchi state are to be renovated by UNICEF under the EU funded maternal, Newborn and child health and nutrition project being implemented in Bauchi state.
It was learnt that renovation of the Liman Katagum Comprehensive Health Centre is estimated to cost the sum of N19 million