Yobe State Govt. Takes Stock of USD 500,000 Medical Equipment From WMR, British Gov't

By Ahmed Abu, The Nigerian Voice, Damaturu

The rapidly expanding healthcare sector in Yobe State got a major boost yesterday as the state government takes delivery of billions of naira worth of medical equipment and supplies from the medical charity, World Medical Relief (WMR) and the Government of the United Kingdom.

Speaking after inspecting the equipment from WMR in Damaturu today, H.E Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam said World Medical Relief donated the equipment to the state following his visit to their world headquarters in Detroit, Michigan in October last year where he met with its president, George V. Samson.

"I made a presentation to the WMR where I talked about the challenges we faced as a result of the devastations by Boko Haram insurgents. Mr. Samson promised us 10 40-feet containers of medical equipment and supplies, each valued at between USD400, 000 and USD500, 000, which will be used across the hospitals and medical centres in our state.

"The equipment that we are inspecting now are from five 40-feet containers. The health commissioner has confirmed to me that three more are in the high seas on their way to the country while we are awaiting the remaining two container", the governor said.

The governor said N105 million was spent by the government to transport the equipment to the state from Detroit in the United States.

H.E Gov. Gaidam expressed appreciation to the WMR for their support and directed the ministry of health to immediately commence the distribution of the equipment to hospitals across the state.

Health Commissioner, Muhammad Bellow Kawuwa also took the governor round other medical equipment and supplies donated by the UK Government under the DFID's Maternal, New Born and Child Health (MNCH-2) Programme worth N260 million naira.

Mr. Kaka Gana Mustapha, who spoke on behalf of the MNCH-2 State Team Leader Zanna Omar Ali, said the MNCH-2 was designed to strengthen primary healthcare interventions in the state and in five other states across the country.

He said since its inception in 2014, the programme has renovated primary health care facilities across the state, procured drugs, medical supplies and equipment and improved health governance in the state through capacity building on planning and budgeting.

H.E Gov. Gaidam expressed gratitude of the government and people of the state to the UK Government, giving the assurance that the equipment and consumables will be utilised judiciously to the benefit of the people of the state.

As with the equipment from WMR, H.E Gov. Gaidam directed that the Ministry of Health should immediately commence the distribution of the items to hospitals across the state.