7th June, 2018
Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi on Wednesday said the state’s World class Diagnostic Centre would soon be inaugurated to serve Nigerians.
A statement by the governor’s Director-General, Media and Publicity, Mr Kingsley Fanwo, issued in Lokoja assured that the centre would be one of the best in the country.
“The state government is working hard to complete and commission the project that has gulped hundreds of millions of naira since our assumption of office in 2016.
“Medical diagnosis is a critical aspect of health management as it serves the double purposes of preventing ill health as well as managing health conditions.
“As a responsible governor, I feel sad when citizens die not because we don’t have the medical facilities to manage their ill health; but because the culture of early diagnosis was poor,” Bello said.
The governor assured people of the state that his administration was committed to strengthen the healthcare sector to ensure their healthy living.
Bello commiserated with the family of one of the state’s directors in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mr Haruna David, who suddenly slumped and died in his office at about 3 p.m on Tuesday.
He described the late director as very hardworking and dedicated to his duties, saying “our hearts are with his family and the entire Kogi state civil servants’’.
“To this end, I have directed the Commissioner for Health to quickly put together a healthcare programme that will enable us know the health conditions of our dear civil servants in the state,” the governor said.
He assured the people that the Healthcare Plus Initiative would continue to make healthcare accessible and affordable to the poor, adding that expectant mothers now enjoy free child delivery.
“As part of my electioneering promises, we have done a lot in improving our health training institutions and upgrade the standards of our health facilities, reduce maternal mortality and accomplishing other laudable projects,” Bello said.