Governor Bello Matawalle, the governor of Zamfara State.

Zamfara State Gov’t Builds 43 PHCs, Distributes 147 Tricycle Ambulances

On Sunday, the Zamfara State Government inaugurated 43 newly constructed Primary Healthcare Centres and distributed 147 tricycle ambulances so as to boost access to health services in the state.

The health centres were constructed under the government programme of providing one functional PHC in each of the 147 political wards of the state.

Governor Bello Matawalle said in a message at the inauguration of one of the completed health centres at Sabongida, Bungudu Local Government Area, that the remaining PHCs were at various stages of completion.

Represented by his Deputy, Sen. Hassan Nasiha, the governor said that the 43 PHCs were fully equipped to provide quality health services to patients at the grassroots.

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He directed the state Primary Healthcare Board (PHCB) to ensure full utilization of the facilities for the benefit of all residents.

Matawalle called on contractors handling the remaining facilities to complete them or risk revocation of the contract, “We are always focusing to ensure effective health care delivery for our people, this is in our bid to reduce the souring indices in our infant and maternal deaths. The tricycle ambulances were equipped with requisite essential equipment to facilitate quick emergency response. I, therefore, urge communities in the state, especially pregnant mothers in rural communities to take advantage of this.”

Matawalle said his administration had distributed ambulances and medical equipment to secondary health care facilities across the state.

The Emir of Gusau, Alhaji Ibrahim Bello, and the Commissioner of Local Government Affairs, Alhaji Abubakar S-Pawa, gave their appreciation for the intervention and pledged to ensure that the facilities served the people.

According to Dr. Tukur Isma’il, the Executive Secretary, PHCB, the PHCs would help to reduce infant and maternal deaths and encourage pregnant women to go for antenatal care.