The Kebbi State Government says it has refurbish 140 Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) while work is currently on going on 36 others.
Gov. Atiku Bagudu disclosed this while receiving Chigari Foundation and other NGOs on a courtesy visit at Government House in Birnin Kebbi, the state capital.
The delegation included representatives from World Health Organisation (WHO), Solina Foundation and Sultan Foundation.
The governor was represented by Alhaji Babale Umar-Yauri, Secretary to the State Government (SSG).
He said: “On infrastructure development, it is our wish to have at least an equipped primary healthcare centre in each of the 225 political wards in the state.
Bagudu said immunisation coverage indicated that Kebbi was able to record 55 per cent immunisation, assuring that before the end of this administration, government was targeting 90 per cent coverage.
According to him, government is doing its best to improve the healthcare delivery across the state for the good of all Kebbi residents.
He recalled that the state government had launched primary healthcare under one roof and the results from the state and local government indicated 82 per cent success.
The Executive Chairman, Chigari Foundation and former Minister of State, Health, Prof. Muhammad Ali-Pate said: “The purpose of our mission centres around health insecurity, there are infectious diseases that affect children, young ones, women and adults everyday.
“Whether they are things like measles that afflict our children and lead to loss of lives or pneumonia or tuberculosis or hepatitis or menengitis, all kinds of infections that can take the llves of a young child or young person.
“Those diseases are preventable, there are tools of science that can prevent them, things like immunisation can prevent those infectious diseases.
While appreciating the efforts of the state government in various health intervention programmes in previous years, the former minister advocated for more concerted efforts to record more successes in the immunisation.
The state’s Commissioner for Health, Alhaji Muhammad Jaafar, noted with satisfaction that the state government had been having good partnership with development partners with a view to scaling up services in PHCs and scaling up immunisation.
The commissioner requested for more support from development partners in the area of capacity building to enhance the knowledge and skills of workers.