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Health care in focus, after 13 years of insurgency

The 13-year Boko Haram insurgency in Borno state have devastated many critical areas including the health sector resulting in high burden of diseases and mortalities. 

The insurgents also destroyed health infrastructure as out the 743 health facilities, more than 250 were completely destroyed and another 200 partially damaged. 

This is in addition to inadequate human resource and unskilled healthcare workers.

Borno state ministry of health and other stakeholders  converged on Maiduguri to deliberate on ways to strengthen the health system. 

Governor, Babagana Zulum reiterated his administration’s commitment to provide robust, affordable and accessible healthcare delivery to millions of vulnerable and displaced persons in the state.

The Governor made the commitment at the sixth Borno state Council on Health meeting in Maiduguri. 

The Council held its last meeting in 2005, seventeen years ago. 

The governors representative, his deputy, Alhaji Umar Kadafur said deliberate measures have been taken to revamp the sector which include construction of over 60 primary healthcare centres, recruitment of health professionals to bridge the deficit in human capital. 

“We have sponsored post graduate training for doctors and other health workers, upgraded the two health tertiary institutions and established the Borno state University Teaching Hospital which is at completing stage. We have provided state-of-the-art equipment to the hospital and incentives to doctors and health workers”.

Commissioner for Health Professor Mohammed Arab noted that the Council is the highest decision making body of health and would help to guide government’s planning and policy formulation.

In a presentation, the guest lecturer, Dr Shehu Sule called for effective health financing mechanism and capacity building for professionals. 

Reporting by Dauda Iliya; Edited by Oluwaseyi Ajibade/Annabel Nwachukwu