Mr Bhanu Pathak, United Nations Children Fund head of field office, Bauchi, has said that UNICEF, in conjunction with European Union (EU) had completed the renovation of 104 out of 107 Primary HealthCare Centres (PHCs) promised to be renovated in Bauchi State.
Pathak made this known in Alkaleri Local Government Area of Bauchi state on Monday, while handing over a renovated PHC, ‘Yelwan Duguri PHC’ to the state government.
Pathak reiterated that UNICEF would continue to partner with authorities in ensuring quality services for children, women and everybody across the state.
“This is one hundred and fourth facilities that we are handing over to the state government out of the one hundred and seven we promised to renovate.
“We will continue working closely with ministry of health and primary health care development agency to provide quality services for children, women and the entire population in the state.
“I want to say that this particular centre we are handing over today is one of the centres for excellence where we have provided the supplies and supported the renovation and water system,” he said
The UNICEF boss called on the people of the community to join hands and maintain the facility, adding that it was not enough to build a house, but absolute maintenance made it standout.
He further explained that UNICEF and other partners such as Bill and Melinda gates foundation as well as Dangote foundation were trying their best to support the state government to fulfill the campaign promises of the state governor, Bala Mohammed.
Receiving the PHC, Mr Rilwanu Mohammed, Executive Chairman, Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BASPHCDA), said that the present administration recognised the importance of health sector with keen interest.
He said the government had partnered with various development partners in order to add value to governance and the lives of the people of the state.
Mohammed who was represented
by Alh. Bello Mustapha, a director in BASPHCDA, said that the handing over of the facility has proven the resolve of the state government to address the infrastructural decay in the state.
He urged members of the community to ensure patronage by attending antenatal care, skilled delivery, postnatal care, child birth services, immunization and other PHC services so as to fully benefit from the objectives of the project.
“I want to assure you that the state primary health care development agency through the state ministry of health would continue to prioritize efficient health services in all the 323 main health centres across the state,” said Mohammed.
Also speaking on behalf of the people of the community, Alh. Yusuf Garba, the Chairman, Alkaleri LGA, appreciated UNICEF, EU and the state government for the kind gesture.
He called on the people of the community to continue to support the state government in its quest to bring development closer to the people of the state.