Apparently miffed by the total decay as well as absence of medical equipments and inadequate medical personnel in all the general Hospital located in 20 LGA’s of the state; The Bauchi state House of Assembly had in its resumed sitting after a 40 days recess, call for the declaration of state of emergency in the entire health sector and lamented that all the health facilities are no longer habitable.
The Member representing Azare in the Assembly Tijjani Aliyu who brought the motion under matters of urgent public importance said the issue calls for government urgent attention.
He said General Hospital Azare has been operating with obsolete equipments and warn-out items for the past Fifteen Years and no effort was made to replenish them since the period of Governor Muazu’s administration.
Hon Tijjani described the condition of the Hospital as pathetic noting that the Medical Institution was devoid of any accommodation, electricity Beddings and other small consumables while patients were admitted in the Hospital on bare floors in most wards.
The Member pointed out that most medical Institutions in rural areas have no medical Doctors and other qualified personnel to man the Health Care Centres while those that retired or died were not replace stressing that the problem had affected the provision of Health Care services in the state.
Hon Tukur Ibrahim, Ibrahim Bello Katagum, Sale Umar Nabayi and SalihuAjilanga among others have condemned the existing deplorable condition of Health Centres in their various constituencies and supported Tijjani Aliyu on call for the declaration of state of emergency in the Health Sector.
The House of Assembly after listening to the submissions made directed the Health committee to visit all General Hospitals and other Health Care Centres in the state to ascertain the claims with a view to finding a lasting solution to the problem.
Meanwhile the explanation sent by the state Governor on request for accessing a counterpart funding of N950 million which was earlier rejected on account of paucity of adequate information on how to utilize the fund was pushed to the joint committee of Finance and Education to report on the desirability of the issue.
The House of Assembly had also deliberated on the report of Magaji Isa from Jamaare constituency who complained on the need to renovate Government Arabic College, Day Technical College and Day Secondary Schools all in Jamaare to forestall an eminent educational crisis and destruction of school system in the constituency.
The House of Assembly had also summoned the state Commissioner of Police to render explanation on incessant robbery and destruction of properties by bandits in Duguri/Gwana Constituency as presented by the Member representing the area Ibrahim Bala Hassan and requested the possibility of establishing security outfits in designated locations in the area.