Governor Bello To Health Commissioner—"Adequate Health-Care Service Is A Fundamental Right Of Nigerlites"

By Fodio Ahmed

The Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello is determined not to rest until every Nigerlite access the best possible health-care service in the State. Mr. Governor’s position was made known by the Niger State Commissioner for Health and Health Services, Dr. Mustapha Jibril during the 2016 quarterly meeting with, Heads of General Hospitals and other Health facilities in the State held at the conference hall of Umaru Sanda Ndayako General Hospital in Bida.

The Commissioner quoted Mr. Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello “Adequate Health-care service is a fundamental right of Nigerlites, so, my administration has an enormous responsibility to provide optimum quality and affordable Healthcare services to Nigerlites, and that is because, every single life counts and every death counts”.

Dr. Mustapha maintained that, a functional and robust Healthcare system is that which has the right facility stocked with the right drugs, being rightly prescribed using the right equipments under the right condition, at the right time, right cost and by the right, committed and ethical professional.

He further stated that, in-line with the Niger State Government efforts on reducing the challenges of man-power within the Health sector, there is an approval to appoint 70 Nurses and 40 Doctors.

The Commissioner also used the medium to warn Health personnel over lack of professionalism in discharging their respective duties, noting that, lack of professionalism, would no longer be condoned as erring staff would face the wrath of the law, especially, nurses’ attitudes towards patients.

According to Dr. Muhammad Muhammad Makusidi, the Executive Managing Director of the Heads of Health Facilities board, the meeting is a medium of analyzing and evaluating the Services of Healthcare delivery in the State; these include, challenges, successes recorded, projections, career progression of staff, attitude, welfare as well as continuing education for value add-up in service delivery to mention but a few.

Dr. Makusidi noted that, since the formation of the board of Heads of Health Facilities many years ago, the Governor Abubakar Sani Bello’s led administration seems not to tolerate "office-sitting commissioner-ship" thereby making Dr. Mustapha Jibril the first Commissioner for Health and Health services to actively participate and interact in the board’s meeting as well as facilities tours in the State.