In a bid to solve some of the electricity challenges in the state, the Gombe State Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, has announced that the Dadin Kowa Hydro-Power plant will soon start generating about 10 to 10.5 mega watts of electricity.
The Governor stated this during a visit by the Governing Board of the Federal Teaching Hospital, Gombe, headed by its Chairman, Chief Enyi Chukwuma Enyi.
Governor Yahaya said he got the assurances of the transmission company that soon after the Dandin Kowa Plant comes on stream; the company would put up a power sub-station there.
He said the Managing Director of the Transmitting Company of Nigeria commended his efforts to get electricity supplied to the people, because he was the first governor to ever visit him.
He said the transmission company gave him the assurance that, in collaboration with the National Integrated Power Project, they would make provisions for the project in the 2020 Budget, which is to ensure the setting up of a dedicated plant sub-station in Dadin Kowa, which would serve the Federal Teaching Hospital, the Specialists Hospital and the Dadin Kowa Project.
Also, to ensure constant water supply to the Teaching Hospital, Governor Yahaya pledged to ensure that a dedicated water line previously set up to serve the hospital was resuscitated for the reserved for the facility.
He regretted that the dedicated lines reserved for Hospital and the Specialists Hospital was vandalized, but pledged to revive it, through the re-reticulation of the pipes, but that his administration would find a way to ensure that the Federal Teaching Hospital got constant water supply.
The Chairman of the Governing Board of the Teaching Hospital, Chief Enyi Chukwuma Enyi, said he was visiting the governor, so as to get his assistance to address some of the challenges faced while carrying out its functions of serving people from around North Eastern States and the Plateau.
He said the 550 bed capacity hospital, which began providing services in 2000 provides services in all major clinical services of Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Paediatrics, as well as Ear, Nose and Throat, ophthalmology, Dental Surgery, Physiotherapy, Radiology, Oncology and full component Laboratory services.
Chief Enyi also said the Federal Teaching Hospital provided other services like fully equipped Dialysis Unit, free VVF Operational Services, free cleft lip and palate operation among others and the training of House Officers, Pharmacy interns, Laboratory Scientists, Radiographers, Physiotherapists and Resident Doctors.
He however lamented that despite the successes recorded in the hospital, which was once rated the second best in the country, it had a lot challenges hindering its efficient functioning, such as insufficient manpower, insufficient bed spaces, erosion, as well as water and electricity supply.
Chief Enyi has asked Governor Yahaya to assist in addressing the challenges, which will help meet the health needs of the people, not just those in Gombe, but others from neighbouring states.
He solicited for the support of Governor Yahaya to help the hospital tackle the challenges, so as to get it to function efficiently for the wellbeing of the people in the region.
Overall, Governor Yahaya said the combined efforts of the state and the management of the Teaching would take up their issues to the Federal Government for them to be solved.