Fridabs Solacebase Communications, publishers of Solacebase online newspaper has called on the Jigawa State Government to embolden efforts in addressing myriads of health care challenges in the state.
The Publisher of Solacebase Abdullateef Abubakar Jos made the plea at a Town Hall Meeting organized by the medium, aimed at improving the health care system in Jigawa State.
The program themed; “Community Health Development through Participatory Involvement’’, was part of the Rural Health Accountability Project (RHAP), supported by the Wole Soyinka Centre For Investigative Journalism and funded by the MacArthur Foundation.
Flagging off the event, Solacebase Publisher, Abdullateef Abubakar Jos, said the meeting houses, critical stakeholders, in the health sector to discuss and proffer solutions regarding health care delivery in Jigawa.
“With our visit to some PHCs in some of the communities in Jigawa , we believe that the people and the government can interface on what needed to be done to improve access to health care at the grass-root.”
On his part, a medical expert, Dr. Muhammad Namadina with Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital calls for collaboration between the government and the community as a measure to improve health care services in rural areas.
He urged the government to give priority to epidemic preparedness with sensitisation of the populace on measures to adopt in case of outbreaks and participatory deployment of resources for transparency.
Some of the participants who are health care givers decried a lack of motivation from the state government for health workers.
Concerns raised during the meeting include; inadequate health personnel at Primary Health Care centres in the state.
In a remark, the Jigawa State House of Assembly Chief Whip, Alhaji Lawan Garba Muhammad said the assembly has always been supportive of the state government with a legal framework that would improve access to health care delivery in the state.
“The support of the house of assembly to the executive to address the shortage of manpower include the law establishing two more colleges of Nursing in Hadejia and Babura as well as improving that of Birnin- Kudu”, he said.
Muhammad appreciated the initiative of the town hall meeting for stakeholders to evolve ways of improving healthcare delivery in Jigawa.
Participants at the meeting include community leaders, civil society organizations, health care givers, lawmakers, policy implementers, and security agents.