EU-UNICEF to renovate, equip 162 health centres in Bauchi
By Rita Michael, Bauchi
European Union in collaboration with UNICEF has unveiled its plan to renovate and equip 162 primary healthcare centres in Bauchi State.
Bauchi Chief of Field office, UNICEF, Bauchi, Abdulai Kaikai, disclosed this during EU-UNICEF MNCHN media orientation meeting and field visit to health facility in Bauchi.
He said that renovation of the health facilities which is a four-year programme, was to improve Maternal, New Born and Child Health in all the 323 wards across the state.
At the meeting organized by EU-UNICEF in collaboration with Bauchi State Radio (BRC), Kaikai said that they would support the state government to renovate and provide hospital equipment to the health centres to strengthen health system in the state.
He said, "We want to ensure functional health facilities in all the wards, LG and communities in Bauchi State. We are supporting the state government with resources and equipment to ensure that every ward in the state has a functional PHC.
The four-year project on strengthening primary health care and community resilience for improved maternal new born, and child health and nutrition will be carried in three states of Bauchi, Adamawa and Kebbi at the cost of 54 million Euro.
European Union contribution to the project is 50 million Euro while UNICEF contributed 1 million Euro and Bauchi, Adamawa and Kebbi state governments will contribute 1 million Euro each.
Meanwhile, journalists were on a tour to Town Maternity Clinic, Bayan Fada, in Bauchi metropolis, during a Media
Orientation Meeting for Bauchi Media on European Union - Maternal, New Born And Child Health and Nutrition (EU-MNCHN) project.
A source at the clinic lamented inadequate manpower in the health centre, adding that the state of some facilities and structures within the maternity were in bad condition.
"We are trying to see that our work is going on standard but we have some challenges which include dilapidated structures. Some of the roofs are leaking. When you go into the maternity ward, the doors and windows are broken.
"Also, if you go round, you'll see that the toilet facility is leaking from the roof. Our manpower is not adequate, we are just trying to
manage what we have since we are conducting 24 hours services."
She said the clinic has only one Nurse Midwife, 7 Chews
and 5 J-Chew which according to her are grossly inadequate for 24 hours service. “These staff are grossly inadequate and we need about 20 for the smooth shift,” she said.
On the power supply, the source said that the clinic solely relies on public power supply, disclosing that their generator has not been in use for serviced for two years because is yet to be serviced.