Nasarawa State to prioritise primary healthcare


The Nasarawa State Government says it will give premium attention to primary healthcare services in order to tackle maternal and child mortality in the state.

The state’s Deputy Governor, Emmanuel Akabe made this known when he received a report on  “Strategy for Improving Healthcare Service in Nasarawa State’’ from the state’s Doctors Forum, in Lafia.

Akabe said that the government was giving top priority to the health needs of both urban and rural dwellers of the state to ensure progress and development at all levels.

“This administration is passionate about the health of the people; that is why efforts are being made to make hospitals at all levels in the state function effectively.

This is because a healthy nation is a wealthy nation, hence the commitment of the state government in that direction,” he said.

Akabe also disclosed that plans were underway for the speedy completion and equipping of the diagnostic centre at Dalhatu Arab Specialist Hospital (DASH) Extension, Lafia, considering the importance of proper diagnosis before treatment.

He added that DASH would serve as proposed take-off site for the Federal University Teaching hospital, Lafia.

The deputy governor solicited the group’s input in policy formulation for the state’s health sector.

Akabe restated the government’s commitment to initiating good policies and programmes that would impact on the health and welfare of the people of the state.

The Chairman of the forum, Dr Garba Yakubu, said that the visit was carried out in order  to submit the states Strategy for Improving Healthcare Services.

Yakubu assured the state government of the health professionals’ readiness and commitment to offer quality healthcare services to the people.