From Mika’il Tsoho, Dutse
In an effort to reduce the high rate of maternal and child mortality in the state, the Jigawa state House of Assembly has directed it’s committee on health to investigate the main causes the deaths in the state.
This has came few weeks after a report of the death of over 50 children as a result of strange diseases at Gidan Dugus village of Dutse local government of the state.
The assembly took the stand following a motion presented by member representing Kiyawa constituency Hon Adamu Idris Andaza on the alarming rate of the death of pregnant women and children below five years in the state.
He revealed that, from report they compiled in collaboration with Maternal New Born Child Health (MNCH) partners shown that, out of 42,792 women delivered at health facilities across the state in 2016, 459 death were recorded.
According to him, despite the huge amount of money state government is spending the rate of stunted children, maternal/child mortality still remain a source of concern.
The House sitting which was presided over by deputy speaker Hon Ahmed Maikudi Garba unanimously agreed for the house committee on health to investigate the matter and submit to report and recommendation for legislative action.
In a related development, Ward Development Committee (WDC) in Buji local government has urged the local government council to address some critical challenges bedeviling health facilities in the area with view to strengthen the health care service delivery in the area.
The community organization made the called during courtesy visit to council chairman paid by its executives members at Gantsa secretariat.
The group who was received by the vice council chairman of the local government Ahmad A Zubair told the council that, there is increased in the demand of primary healthcare services but due to the condition of some basic facilities in the centers the service provide is inadequacy or grossly limited.
The chairman of the committee who spoke on behalf of his members also presented a document containing their observation and the intervention required from the local government to the facilities include: the provision of water, electricity and standby generators, increase of work force, staffs accommodation, cleaners and security guards