Medical Officers in charge of General Hospitals in Bauchi state have lamented the underfunding and the sorry state of hospitals in the State.
They expressed their feelings when the State Commissioner of Health, Auwal Jatau, paid a visit to General hospitals in Dambam, Misau , Darazo , Gamawa and Zaki.
They said underfunding of the secondary hospitals were their major challenge, lamenting that their health facilities had been relying on development partners and organisations .
They said despite the underfunding,they had been grappling with influx of patients, most of whom were supposed to be attended to at primary level.
Medical Officer incharge of Darazo General Hospital, Dr Ibrahim Bashir, said the hospital had been surviving on donations from well -meaning Nigerians and Development partners.
He said the hospital was lagging behind in personnel, overheads and capital funding, adding that many of its projects had not been completed due to lack of fund.
On his part, the Medical Officer of General Hospital, Misau, Dr Mohammmed Sani, said patients in the hospital had increased without a corresponding increase in funding from the state Government .
His counterpart in Damabm,Dr Mushibau Tahir, said the hospital had the capacity and manpower to tackle so many health care problems in the state if it was adequately funded.
In Gamawa, the Medical Officer, Dr Mohammmed Mustapha, said they were facing challenges of dilapidated facilities, just as the Nursing Officer in Zaki, Mohammed Ibrahim,narrated same ordeal.
In his response, the Commissioner, Jatau, assured that government would tackle the challenges gradually.
He said the present administration placed priority in the health sector, with a pledge to reform the entire system.
“Already, we have declared state of emergency on the health sector”, he said.