Zamfara State Government has directed the conversion of Samba Covid-19 Disease Control Centre to General Hospital.
The directive was issued on Tuesday by the Deputy Governor, Sen. Hassan Nasiha during official visit to the State Centre for Covid-19 Diseases Control at Damba area in Gusau.
Addressing newsmen shortly after the inspection, Nasiha said the visit was a follow-up to the facilities aimed at seeing the level of compliance to the government’s directives on how best the management and staff should improve their services delivery to the citizens.
The deputy governor directed for the immediate handing over of the facility by the Ministry of Works to the Ministry of Health for preparations to convert the centre to the status of General Hospital.
He further ordered two weeks ultimatum to the Ministry of Health to ensure immediate take-off of the Centre as General Hospital.
He explained that the administration of Gov. Bello Matawalle would not in any way allow public property to be mismanaged or under utilised, but would always find the most suitable alternative for people to benefit from such investments.
He said taking into consideration the increase in population in the state capital and its environs, the newly-approved General Hospital was expected to complement the existing facilities in Gusau, to cater for the health needs of people from Mada, Ruwan Bore, Wonaka, Damba and other villages in the surrounding.
While at Yariman Bakura Specialist Hospital, the deputy governor inspected the Medical, Surgical, Orthopaedic, Theatre, and Emergency Wards.
The inspection was led by Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Aliyu Maikiyo.
Nasiha expressed satisfaction with the level of development, higher than what he witnessed during his last visit.
He, however, urged the Medical Director to, as a matter of urgency, put the Orthopaedic Department into full operation, to relieve people travelling to far places like Kano and Kaduna for medical service. (NAN)