The Borno Government says it has spent over

N8 billion on reconstruction and rehabilitation of health facilities

destroyed by the Boko Haram insurgents in the state.

Health sector is one of

the areas worst hit by the insurgency as the large scale destruction of

facilities has paralysed medical services in the

state.

Statistics by the United Nation Office for Coordination of

Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) shows that 6.9 million people need

healthcare interventions in the North-East due to humanitarian crisis

caused by the Boko Haram insurgency.

According to the UN agency, a greater percentage of those in need are

in Borno, who cannot access quality healthcare services

especially in rural communities.

In an attempt to mitigate the effects and transform the sector, the

Borno Government in collaboration with the Federal Government and

development organisations embarked on massive reconstruction and

rehabilitation of projects to enhance healthcare delivery at the

grassroots.

The State Government had spent over N4 billion on procurement

of medical equipment and another N4 billion on rehabilitation of 248

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health facilities ravaged by the terrorists.

The state Commissioner of Health, Mr Haruna Mishelia, said the insurgents

had destroyed over 80 per cent of healthcare facilities, including 19

General Hospitals, which he said, crippled healthcare delivery in

the state.

Mshelia, however, said that in spite of the security challenges posed by the

insurgency, the state government initiated viable projects designed to

reinvigorate the sector and enhance quality healthcare delivery to the

people.

He said the projects were executed in the liberated

communities in the 27 local government areas in the past two years,

adding that rehabilitation and upgrading works on 19 general hospitals

were successfully completed.

The commissioner listed the projects to include the general hospitals in Guzamala, Rann, Chibok, Uba, Biu, Askira, Kwayar-Kusar, Mafa, and Dikwa general hospitals.

Others are: Mobbar; Shani, Marama, Munguno, Damboa, Ngala, Benisheikh,

Konduga, Ngarannam, Kaga, Gwoza and Kukawa general hospitals, adding that plans had

reached advanced stage for the establishment of 8 new general hospitals

in addition to the existing 24.

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He said eight general hospitals had so far been equipped with modern

equipment to enhance their operations, and they included Maryam Abacha

Women and Children Hospital; Moloi, Shani, Biu, Benisheikh, Gubio,

Konduga and Dikwa general hospitals.

“Two other hospitals at Azare and Gajiram have been upgraded to 80-bed

Capacity, while work on a 250-bed capacity women and children Hospital

was completed,” he said.

Mshelia also disclosed that N4.2 billion was spent on procurement of

medical equipment such as radio diagnostic and scanning machines,

ethno-cardiographs, mammography and digital X-ray gadgets.

According to him, the equipment would be distributed to Accident and

Emergency (A&E) and Intensive Care Units in the hospitals.

On immunisation and disease control, the commissioner said over

N200 million was spent to replenish the paediatrics department at

Specialist Hospital, Maiduguri, as well as rehabilitation of the

Primary Health Care Development Agency (PHCDA) office.

He said the state government was collaborating with Bill and

Melinda Gates as well as Dangote Foundations to enhance routine

immunisation.

Under the partnership over $1 million dollars were spent

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on rehabilitation and provision of medical equipment to 40 clinics.

Equally, about one million people were inoculated against cholera; 1.3

million children immunised against polio and measles; 888, 905

children and expectant mothers provided with free malaria drugs and

2.1 mosquito nets were distributed to households.

“Through our partnership, we are able to control outbreak of

epidemics such as cholera, meningitis and Hepatitis E,” Mshelia said.

He also disclosed that the state government was providing free drugs in

all the health facilities and had introduced integrated healthcare

services in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps.

He said the state government had recruited 100 doctors and awarded

scholarship to 60 female medical students to address the manpower

shortage in the health sector.

Statistics by the state Ministry of Health shows that there are 4,

800 health workers in the state, comprising 158 doctors; 1, 094

Nurses and Midwives; 29 laboratory scientists; 150 laboratory

Technicians; 250 community health attendants and 12 pharmacists.