By OYEWALE OYELOLA
Zamfara State Governor, Alhaji Mohammed Bello Matawalle has been described as an all-round performer, goal getter and passionate leader has interest of his people at heart. Governor Matawalle despite meeting difficulty task of insecurity and dysfunctional system on ground has being impacting various sectors including health positively in order to ensure wellbeing and healthy living of the citizenry.
The governor who was touched by stress and pain people go through trying to access healthcare across the state during his swearing on May 29, 2019 announced that his administration will offer free healthcare services to women and children.
Although, the announcement attracted mixed feelings from the populace for the moves of Governor Matawalle towards improving healthcare delivery has shown that he means business.
Upon assumption of office, Governor Matawalle ordered Ministry of Health to carryout NEEDS assessment of Zamfara state owned hospitals and Primary Healthcare Centres to ascertain human and infrastructural gaps as well as plan for overhauling of the critical sector.
To this end, Governor Bello Matawalle in line with his administration policy of boosting healthcare delivery services distributed 17 additional brand new ambulances to general hospitals across the state in September 2019.
The Senior Special Assistant New Media to Zamfara Governor, Ibrahim Bello Zauma explained that the ambulances will not only enhance quality healthcare delivery but also make the state follow national ambulances services system.
The SSA New Media in chat with our correspondent added that the ambulances contained first aid boxes, bed, oxygen facilities, sitters for health personnel among others.
According to him, Governor Matawalle latest efforts would reduce infant mortality and mother’s death on delivery as well as save more lives.
Furthermore, the state government has increased drugs supply their health facilities and fully implementing free health services for child and women. Similarly, Zamfara State Government also procured machines for local production of drugs.
Governor Matawalle said:
”We have commenced local production of drugs to reduce cost and guard against use of fake drugs in the state. We procured the machines needed for take off of the plant and we will ensure that drugs produced in Zamfara can compete with drugs produced by larger companies”.
Apart from that, the incumbent administration is planning to upgrade Primary Healthcare Centres to ensure rural dwellers have access to qualitative and affordable healthcare within their communities.
Likewise, Governor Matawalle has expressed his readiness to pay counterpart funds for development partners such as World Bank, World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and others with the view of enhancing public health and safety.