Bandits take out 72 health centres in Katsina

Masari

Gov. Masari of Katsina

By Abbas Bamalli

Katsina Government said it has lost 72 out of the over 1,800 healthcare centres in the state to bandits in some local government areas of the state.

Two of the primary health centres were burnt down in Batsari Local Government Area of the state while 69 others were temporarily or taken over by bandits in other areas, Dr Shamsudeen Yahaya, the Executive Secretary, Katsina State Primary Health Care Development Agency disclosed this journalists.

He added that this has also led to increase in request for redeployment by health workers in the affected areas.

“Most of the health facilities in the area were taken over by the miscreants, and the solar refrigerators provided in such facilities have been converted to use by the bandits.

“The affected primary healthcare facilities are located in different areas of Jibia, Safana, Batsari, Faskari, Sabuwa and other frontline LGAs of the state,” he said.

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Yahaya also said some of the health workers were kidnapped, but later released.

The agency’s boss said the situation has led to increase in request for redeployment by health workers in the affected areas.

Yahaya, however, said the government had concluded plans to renovate one health centre in each of the 361 wards across the state.

He also expressed the commitment of the government to complete the rehabilitation of dilapidated health centres in the state.

Yahaya said that the state government would recruit 272 health workers to tackle the problem of manpower shortage in the health sector.

(NAN)

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