From Uche Uche, Damaturu
Yobe state governor, Hon. Mai Mala Buni has yesterday, at premises of the State University Teaching Hospital, laid the foundation stone for the construction of a Maternal, New-born and Child Healthcare Complex and launched 28 customised tricycle ambulances.
Speaking during the occasion, the governor described the teaching hospital as the crown jewel of the healthcare system, a symbol of the significant progress that Yobe has made in providing accessible and affordable healthcare services to the people of the state.
To make more progress in maternal and childcare and to improve the capacity of the State University Teaching Hospital to more effectively serve as a referral centre of excellence, he said, his administration approved some funds for the construction of the Maternal, New-born and Child Health Complex.
He revealed that the project was awarded at the cost of N1.6 billion with the objective to strengthen maternal and childcare, thereby reducing the rates of maternal and child morbidity and mortality in the state.
He stated further that as part of his government desire to keep healthcare as a priority of the administration in the state, plans are being worked out to meet the requirements of the core clinical departments of the State University Teaching Hospital and to ensure the commencement of the Housemanship training programme.
The occasion was also followed by the distribution of 28 units of tricycle ambulances, procured at the sum of N84. 45 million to be used to ease transportation for expectant mothers in labour or in emergency situations as a means of reducing maternal, pre-natal and child morbidity and mortality that may follow the complications of pregnancy, labour and delivery.