By Mohammed Mukta, Bauchi
Bauchi State Government has declared a state of emergency on the Specialist Hospital built and equipped by the immediate past administration of Dr. Isah Yuguda.
The state Health Commissioner, Dr. Halima Mukaddas observed with concern the poor state of the hospital which has gulped billions of Naira.
Dr. Mukaddas who spoke during the present administration’s mid-term ministerial briefing in Bauchi, the state capital recently said that the hospital requires equipment including machines and other working tools worth about N4 billion.
According to her, the hospital was poorly handed over to the present administration with most of its sections not having the required equipment or even working tools and materials to offer services to the people.
She explained that government has to declare a state of emergency on the hospital because, according to her, things were grinding to a halt with the hospital when the APC administration took over the reins of the state in 2015.
She added: “What happened to the Specialist Hospital was that on paper it was completed but looking into some of its departments, there wasn’t even a single sitting chair as well as pharmacology and others when we took over.’’
The Commissioner said that some of the machines and equipment supplied to the hospital have incomplete parts, with only one out of the four scanning machines supplied partially functional.
Dr. Mukaddas recalled that the present government at its inception articulated and launched its Five-Point Health Agenda for strengthening healthcare services tagged “Lafiya Garkuwa” on September 5, 2015 geared to drive all healthcare policies and programmes in the state.
She gave the five-points to include strengthening primary health care; routine immunisation and reproductive, maternal, new-born and child health services, as well as to give access to quality and cost effective essential and life-saving drugs.
Others include motivation, retention and retention and retraining of frontline health workers for effective and quality service delivery; and improving funding of health sector through innovative financing mechanisms, accountability and transparency.