UNICEF wants Bauchi to implement functional healthcare in electoral wards

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By: Mohammed Kawu, Bauchi.
UNICEF has appealed to the Bauchi State Government to commence the implementation of functional primary healthcare centers in its 323 electoral wards across the state to meet up the requirements of National Health Act by 2017.
The Chief of UNICEF field office Bauchi, Dr. Abdoulayi‎ Kai Kai made the appeal at a one day sensitization meeting on the National Health Act in Bauchi Wednesday organized by UNICEF in collaboration with the State Ministry of Health.
Dr. Kai Kai said the National Health Act provides a frame work for the establishment of systems to support far reaching reforms in the health sector, stressing that functional health centers would reduce the rate of maternal and child death.
According to the National Health Act, the Federal Government will contribute fifty percent while state and local governments are to contribute twenty five percent.
The State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Halima Mukaddas has in a remark assured that the State government was ready to provide all necessary health care facilities towards achieving the desired objectives of National Health Act.
“The state government will soon establish healthcare ‎centers in the 323 wards across the state to achieve the said goals and objectives and also reduce maternal and child health care in the state”
Dr. Halima explained that Bauchi state government has since embraced the Federal government reform system of providing primary health care center per ward.
Also speaking, the Chairman House Committee on Health, Hon. Yunusa‎ Ahmed reaffirmed the commitment of the legislature to ensure proper implementation of the Health Act and the provision of functional healthcare facilities across the state.

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