Bauchi – The Bauchi State government has said that it will declare a state of emergency in the health sector of state as part of its effort to address the challenges bedevilling the sector.
The State Governor, Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, stated this on Tuesday when he received a delegation of Canadian Global Affairs partners at the government house in Bauchi.
The governor lamented the deteriorating state of the health care system of the state where he cited the dearth of manpower in health facilities across the state.
“It is so appalling that we have barely 45 doctors in the state. Most of our primary health centres are dead, we use to have health dispensaries in the local government under the supervision of local authorities, but they are all dead.
“When we come to the health care system of the state, the story is not good. Our hospitals have no facilitates and doctors.
“In terms of doctor to patient ratio, the situation is very bad where we have a 1 doctor to 1,000 and 150 patients, which is the lowest indices of WHO.
“We have a population of 7 million in the state with only 44 doctors,” Governor Mohammed said.
Earlier in his address during the courtesy visit, the leader of the Canadian Global Affairs, Mr Daniel Arsnault, said they were in the state to partner with the government in the area of health, agriculture, security and education and called for a collaborative effort on the government in repositioning the affected sectors.
He disclosed plans to improve the health services of the Ningi General Hospital by providing treatment for people living with Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF).
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