A decayed and poorly functional health system was inherited by the Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya-led administration in 2019. Hence, the governor declared a state of emergency in the sector upon assuming office.
In order to prepare the system to be able to provide the needed services to the people, the government renovated and upgraded one PHC in each of the 114 wards of the state. Each was provided with basic equipment, 24-hour light and a borehole.
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In addition to that, one general hospital in each of the three senatorial zones was upgraded to reduce the burden on the specialist hospital.
In order to ensure the availability of qualified personnel, the administration ensured the commencement of housemanship at the specialist hospital where at least 30 young doctors have been engaged to undergo their internship training.
The net effect of these invaluable and pragmatic innovations is a well-functioning health system that ensures equitable access to health services by the citizens.
Muhammad D. Hassan, Gombe State University