A US based organisation, Project Cure, is on a Need assessment visit to Gombe State, to ascertain the health needs of the state, before any intervention will be provided.
At an official flag-off of the assessment in Gombe, the Lead Assessor of Project Cure, Mr Charles Irion, said the visit was important and would provide the opportunity for them to build the relations with the new administration to improve the health sector.
“This is our first time in Gombe. We want to build a relationship with the new administration and develop that over the next 20 years to improve the healthcare situation for the benefit of the people,” Mr. Irion said.
He stated that the visit would identify the exact needs in each of the hospitals, to provide the exact each of the hospitals needs.
Accordingto him, “it was the hallmark of the Project Cure to find out a need before providing correct equipment and supplies that would both the staff communities function effectively.”
The Deputy Governor, Dr Mannassah Jatau, commended the organisation’s choice of Gombe state, saying “it is encouraging knowing that they are carrying out needs assessment before providing the assistance to improve the health facility in the state.”
“The entire people of the state are grateful to them for this need-based assistance to improve the health facility in the state. Health is too important for us to neglect. This is a challenge to all of us to do the best. We cannot eliminate everything but to put in our best to reduce to the barest minimum the challenges in the sector, including malnutrition,’’ the Gombe State Deputy Governor said.
Another sponsors of Project Cure, doctor based in Arizona, USA, Dr Ismail Jubril said the need assessment would specifically be looking out for equipments and consumables.
“The story is there that a lot of times you take your child to the hospital and you are given a list of surgical materials to go and buy; that should not be the case. So Project Cure will help hospitals in Gombe with the supplies and equipment that are functional. This will improve the healthcare services in the state and that’s our mission,’’ he said.
Dr Jubril appealed to Nigerians in the Diasporas to assist in bringing supports that would impact on the society as well as improve the living standards of the people.
“My call to my colleagues in the Diasporas and even those within the country is to think back and bring back your expertise and connection to impact on your society. It’s a good feeling. The people need help and since I have the opportunity with Project Cure to Gombe, I grabbed it. Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya is very welcoming so there is no reason for this project to be with held,’’ he said.