Dr MAKUSIDIBy Musa Mahmud

Lambata community in Gurara Local Government Area of Niger State have been advised to take ownership of the primary health care hospital in the community by serving as watchdogs and ensuring the proper use of the facility in the area.

Commissioner of Health and Hospital Services, Dr Muhammad Muhammad Makusidi gave the counsel during the handover of the new hospital constructed by the Save One Million Lives (SOML) Programme, to the Ministry of Health.

Dr Makusidi disclosed that the 20 bed capacity hospital financed under the intervention programme, has separate wards for males and females including a ward for children and is well equipped with a solar power to provide 24 hours power supply since the town had been without electricity for more than 4 years now.

He urged traditional rulers and residents of Lambata to ensure proper maintenance of the facility and to ensure that staff of the hospital are committed to the work they have signed up for and to report any staff found wanting in discharging their responsibilities to the appropriate quarters for disciplinary action.

He informed the gathering that the hospital being a focal facility will benefit from the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) which is to be disbursed on quarterly basis and is to be used for maintenance of the hospital, recruitment of supporting staff, drug supply and other services; this, according to him is the only way to attain Universal Health Coverage for Nigerlites.

In his address, Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Dr Joseph Kolo James said the ministry had fulfilled its promise made a few months ago to construct a new hospital in Lambata.

He therefore called on the council chairman to fulfill his pledge to erect perimeter fence round the hospital and to also provide security personnel to man the facility for safety of equipment in the hospital.

Dr Kolo also announced that the ministry would embark on routine visits to the hospital to ensure that staff are working according to schedule adding that the ministry would not hesitate to sanction any staff for absenteeism and other forms of misconduct irrespective of the person’s rank or affiliate.

The Chairman, Gurara Local Government Council, Honourable Yusuf Waili Gawu, represented by the Council Secretary, Nasiru Adamu Shaku; was full of praises to Honourable Binta Mamman, member representing Gurara Constituency in the State House of Assembly and the Ministry of Health for the intervention.

He stated that the facility is the first of its kind in the area and promised to ensure proper maintenance of the facility so that in the near future the hospital would be upgraded to a general hospital.

The entourage later visited the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Primary Health Care, Gawu Babangida where they inspected the facility and made an on the spot decision to address some of the challenges of the hospital which include lack of toilet and a non functional cold room for drugs and vaccines.