The Governor of Zamfara State Dauda Lawal, has declared a state of emergency in the health sector of the state with a commitment to revamping the state’s healthcare system.
This is contained in a statement by the spokesperson of the governor, Sulaiman Bala Idris.
According to the statement the declaration came after the governor’s unscheduled visit to Gusau’s general hospital.
The governor had in a state-wide broadcast on Tuesday, the governor lamented the disturbing conditions of the hospitals across Zamfara.
According to him, the hospitals urgently needed intervention due to the poor state of facilities, equipment and the workers. As a result, a state of emergency was declared in the sector.
The statement read in parts: “Today, in a state-wide broadcast, Governor Dauda Lawal declared a state of emergency in the health sector of Zamfara.
“The governor’s unscheduled visit to the General Hospital in Gusau on Sunday night prompted the decision.
Governor Lawal expressed concern over the poor conditions that patients were experiencing in hospitals and highlighted steps of intervention by his administration.
“On Sunday, January 28, 2024, I made an unscheduled visit to General Hospital in Gusau to assess its condition. I was shocked and worried by the unhealthy and poor environment that patients seeking medical attention were exposed to.
“It is not just the infrastructural decay that is affecting the health sector in Zamfara State, but the working condition of the healthcare service providers and their welfare is also of great concern.
“The disturbing condition of the healthcare facilities across the state is why this prompt action declares a State of Emergency in the health sector.
“As a responsible government, we are taking urgent steps towards intervention.
“My campaign manifesto highlighted the crucial healthcare issues that Zamfara State faces. These issues are paramount to the welfare and progress of our citizens. I am dedicated to addressing them with the utmost urgency and attention they deserve.
“The health sector in Zamfara is suffering from multiple issues, including poor funding and quality of healthcare delivery, ranging from infrastructure to medical services.”