By Mary Jalingo

Medical equipment worth N30 million have been donated to the Niger State government.

Receiving the equipment on behalf of the state government, Executive Director, State Primary Health Care Development Agency (SPHCDA), Dr. Yahaya Na’uzo said Nigeria has continued to suffer so much devastation with regard to the country’s health indices especially as it has to do with maternal and newborn deaths.

Dr. Yahaya Na’uzo said the donation of medical equipment by Pathfinder International in collaboration with MacArthur Foundation and We Care Solar showed that the state has partners that are working to improve the health indices of the country and the state in particular.

He said Pathfinder which has been with the state for a long time has trained their staff on basic emergency obstetric and newborn care and installation of the solar panels among others. He added that the installation of the solar panels would no doubt encourage women to deliver at healthcare facilities thereby reducing the number of maternal and newborn deaths.

“Can you imagine a delivery room at night without light which is a common sight especially in rural areas”

He said the state has designed a way to hold staff accountable for all the resources, training and equipment invested in the health sector aimed at improving women’s health and ensuring that citizens get the best.

The ED said the equipment donated would be distributed to 30 Primary Health Care facilities selected across the 25 local government areas which he said was coming at the right time especially now that the state was at the eve of getting accessed for the state readiness for the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF).

He commended the organizations involved in the provision of the equipment and pledge that the equipment would be used to better the lot of citizens and improve the health indices of the state.

Speaking earlier, the Country Director, Pathfinder International, Dr. Farouk Jiga represented by Dr. Kenny Ewulum, senior Program Officer, said in Sub Sahara Africa, Nigeria has challenges especially when it comes to maternal and newborn health services being offered at the facilities.

Dr. Farouk Jiga said when they did their initial accessement of facilities in the state, they found out that some of the facilities either didn’t have or have inadequate supply of some of the equipment that would help them provide improved quality of care at the facility.

He said the accessement which was carried out with the SPHCDA and facility staff in charge to know what they need most resulted in the equipment being donated which he said included solar panels, foot control suction units, delivery beds, mechanical baby scale, steltoscope and shyamomanometer among others.