By Simon Francis
The Nasarawa State Government has concluded plans to overhaul, equip, provide manpower and also supply drugs to over 190 Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) across the state.
The Commissioner of Health, Pharmacist Mohammed Baba Yahya, disclosed this in exclusive interview with ExpressDay, in Lafia.
The state government, the Commissioner said, is also determined to ensure that mediocres do not have space in the Nasarawa state health sector.
He, further, revealed that the state government will soon embark on inspection of privately-owned clinics with a view to riding out of unlicensed operators as well as flush out quacks from the system.
“I am assuring you that Governor Abdullahi Sule has made health a priority in his administration, hence, the plan to overhaul the sector to ensure that citizens and residents of the state access the best medical attention,” the Commissioner stressed.
He reiterated that the Governor Sule-led government is focused at ensuring that its policies and programmes in the health sector are aimed at providing qualitative and affordable health care services to all residents of the state.
According to him, as part of efforts to demonstrate his seriousness about the health of residents of the state, Governor Sule kicked off free medical programme immediately he resumed office in May last year.
The state ministry of health, the Commissioner noted, has mobilised and keyed into the vision of the governor, which, according to him, is geared towards improving the health and general well-being of the people.
Pharmacist Baba Yahya, therefore, called on residents of the state, especially those at the rural areas to go for regular medical check-ups to ascertaining their health status for immediate medical attention.
This, according to him, will reduce the rate of infant and maternal mortality in the state.