The Plateau State Project Coordinator of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Hon. Samuel Damla has commended the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs, Princess Adejoke Orelooe-Adefulire for considering Plateau State to be one of the states that benefits from the special healthcare project of 100 bed Mother and Child hospital.
He said the project will add positively to the lives of the rural communities in the Southern part of Plateau State.
Damala stated this during a working visit to accertained the level of works ongoing at the 100 capacity bed mother and child hospital located at Gidan-Dabat in Qua’an Pan local government area of the state.
According to the state Coordinator, “We are here to visit one of the projects that was allocated to Plateau State Special Project Unit of the office. This project is a 100 bed mother and child hospital, which means is a specialist hospital that will handle pediatrics and ganecology.
“Government is trying to decongest medical facilities in the city and the focus is on rural areas. The sitting of the project here is to also complement the efforts of Mr Governor on the provision of affordable healthcare system in the state.
“Remember the Governor established the Plateau State Contributory Health Insurance Scheme which is meant to take away the burden of healthcare bills from the pockets of our people especially in the rural areas. So sitting this kind of project in the city you will only be shortchanging those in the rural areas and this is the right place the Governor deemed it fit for the project to be sited.”
He explained that collaboration is key towards building other components that were not captured in the main project. “There should be collaboration in the sense that once the project is completed, it will be handed over to the state to manage it. And of course some of the components that were not captured in the plan will be built by the state government like the staff quarters.”
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He said he is optimistic that before the year ends the project will be completed. He thanked Governor Simon Lalong, the Council Chairman and the host community for making the project a success.
The Executive Chairman of Qua’anpan local government area Hon. Abdulmalik Yusuf Haruna expressed gratitude for the establishment of the project in his locality.
“We want to appreciate the Governor for this gesture, you know health is one of his cardinal objectives. And more so, sitting the project there will reduced the security problem associated with this road because there will be series of movement along this road.
“If you look at this area, we don’t have any strong healthcare system here except you go to Lafia or you go to Shendam to seek for a better healthcare services, but with this on board we are better for it. We thank the family and host community who donated their land for this project, we are proud of them.”
The Supervisory Counselor of Works, Qua’an Pan local Government Council, Hon. Norbert Kopleng speaking earlier at the site, he appealed for sustainability of the project which he said is going to play a vital role in the health needs of the area.
“If this come to fusion, you know that our people will not travel to Jos as it use to be again to seek for medical attention. We don’t have hospital here that is of standard aside the General Hospital in Shendam.
“So, we want government to help us sustained this. In the past, government will only site a project of this nature and at the end of the day no medical equipments, no workers and other personels that will handle it and the project will just be left there. We are appealing that more of these projects should come to Qua’an Pan.”