Health is wealth, so says a
popular saying. It also added that a
healthy nation is a wealthy nation.
It us this medical axiom that the
Plateau State government seeks to
establish through the provision of
healthcare facilities to the people of
the state.
Th governor of the state,
Simon Lalong has expressed the
determination of his administration
to ensure that the people of the state
enjoy quality healthcare services.
Lalong had said his administration
which he described as a caring
one would ensure that accessible,
affordable, high quality healthcare
are available to citizens of the state.
Public healthcare, he said, must be
well managed by doctors, nurses and
healthcare must be well managed by
doctors, nurses and healthworkers
to ensure that every patient is cared
for through a decentralised area
based, people cantered primary
healthcare system.
Lalong said his administration
would replicate the current National
Health Insurance Scheme in the
state with the view to providing
affordable health cover to civil
servants and their families. He said
he would conduct a full review of
the nature and scale of vacancies
in the public health system and
work with tertiary institutions to fill
Human resource gaps.
“We would build specialist
hospitals in each of the three
Senatorial Zones across the state
, while upgrading facilities in all
cottage and General hospitals.
Our government shall ensure
that management teams in public
hospitals are qualified and effective
by applying a quality rating system
to all hospitals and Primary Health
Care systems. Our government will
establish a state Primary Healthcare
Development Agency.
“This administration would create
a system of incentives that would
attract the best medical personnel
and maximize brian drain. We
would also make concerted efforts
to get accreditation for postgraduate
training in specialized areas like
surgery, paediatrics, ophthalmology,
obstetrics and gynaecology, amongst
others. Our administration would
provide counterpart funding for all
health related programs so that the
state can benefit from donor driven
programmes”, he said.
Recently Lalong, again vowed
to support private partnership
participation (PPP), in the State health
sector in order to provide quality
healthcare services of the people of
the state. He stated this at the official
commissioning of Anwar Specialist
Hospital, privately built by Ustaz
Harisu Salihu Abubakar, in Jos the
State capital.
Governor Lalong who was
represented by the deputy chief of
staff Government House, Barrister
Yusuf Gambo Hawaja, said “As
Government, we are committed
to strengthening the healthcare
institutions and their services in line
with the Government’s agenda. Our
governor is a man who cares about its
citizens. Healthcare is a critical sector
that we cannot ignore, and we will not
play politics with the health of our
People..,” he added.
The governor said establishing
Anwar Specialist Hospital and
equipping it with modern facilities
is a commendable initiative because
“it targets the health concern of our
people at the grassroots”.
The proprietor of the hospital Ustaz
Harisu Salihu said the initiative was
conceived having considered the
health need of the People. He said:
“I first established a school, a health
technology institution some seven
years back and the idea was to see how
to assist our community in the area of
According to him the hospital is
equipped with state of the art facilities
a thirty bed capacity and cost more
than fifty million Naira. He also
said: “Services will be rendered at
reasonably subsidized rates. Forty
staff have been employed to also assist
the Government in job creation”. He
appreciated Governor Lalong led
administration for according to him
provided the enabling environment
to accomplished the building of the
It could also be recalled that the
National Health Insurance Scheme,
NHIS, had recently said it had
selected three rural communities in
Plateau State for the commencement
of its community Based health
Insurance scheme. NHIS cordinator
in plateau state, Halima Zakari
who stated this when she paid
an advocacy visit to the office of
the Plateau State head of service
, Izam Azi said the community
based scheme will be flagged off in
Pankshin Local Government Area ,
shiwer in kanke LGa and Zawan in
Jos South Local Government.
She said the scheme had visited
a number of communities in the
state to expand its coverage so as
to reach out to people in the rural
areas. In his response, Plateau State
head of service , Izam Azi said that
the state government is working
assiduously to key into policies and
programmes including the NHIS
and commended the scheme for
selecting the rural communities for
its pioneer community insurance
It could be recalled that during
the outbreak of lassa fever in the
country , the Governor Lalong led
administration trained 66 laboratory
scientist and technicians on effective
ways of diagnosing and handling
the diseases.
State commissioner for health , Dr
Kunden Deyin had told newsmen
recently at the opening of a workshop
on the viral diseases. He then said
that the objective of the training
was to help bring succour to the
public and avert further mortality
arising from lassa fever in the state.
The workshop is to broaden the
knowledge of participants about
the disease and ensure containment
as well as promote standard
According to Devin , there is need
to safeguard the lives of health
workers through the use of personal
protective equipment while carrying
out diagnoses. Our correspondent
also gathered that some health
care centers in Langtang South
Local Government of the state are
currently been renovated and reequipped
by the state government
inorder to meet the medical needs of
the people of the LGA.

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