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GOV MATAWALLE FLAGS OFF DISTRIBUTION OF FREE DRUGS TO HEALTH FACILITIES

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GOV MATAWALLE FLAGS OFF DISTRIBUTION OF FREE DRUGS TO HEALTH FACILITIES


Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara  on Saturday flagged off the distribution of multi million naira worth of essential drugs to all government health facilities in the state.


The beneficiaries of the free drugs include all General/Specialist hospitals and the147 newly constructed Primary Health Centers across the state.


Speaking at the event which held at State Drugs Management Agency in Gusau, Matawalle said, the gesture is part of his administration’s policy to promote health care delivery for the people of the state.


“This is the consideration of the enormous importance my administration attaches to the issue of health.
“We have taken decisive steps since May 2019 to revamp the health sector to meet the healthcare needs of our growing population, the majority of whom fall into the less privileged category”, he said.

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Matawalle outlined some of the achievements of his administration in the health sector which he described as a welcome development.
According to him, the establishment of the Zamfara State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency to ensure broader health coverage and to assist in lessening the obstacles.


 “Our people face in accessing both public and private healthcare services”.
“Others are launching a programme  named “Care for 34,000 Vulnerable Persons”.
” Under the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund in November 2021 and the supply of ambulances to General Hospitals.


He said the Government has provided rickshaw ambulances to all the 147 newly constructed primary healthcare centres and constructed an infectious diseases hospital at Damba area Gusau.


The governor further said that, other achievements are the resuscitation of the State Drugs Management Agency such that the agency is able to produce some generic drugs as well as numerous interventions and health projects at the peak of the COVID pandemic in 2020, among others.


Earlier, the State Commissioner of Health, Aliyu Abubakar commended the Gov for initiating beautiful agenda to promote the states’ health sector.


Abubakar noted that the free drugs distribution programme is one of the outcome of the Matawalle’s recent visit abroad.
According to him, his ministry would ensure the success of the programme up to the grassroots.

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