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Solacebase Organizes Town Hall Meeting for Health Stakeholders in Jigawa

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Solace Base Town hall - Jigawa

Fridabs Solacebase Communications, the publishing organization of Solacebase online newspaper has conducted a town hall meeting for health stakeholders in Jigawa State.

The meeting aimed at improving healthcare services at the grass-root with the theme, ‘’ Community Health Development through Participatory Involvement’’, and was part of an investigative and accountability project tagged Rural Health Accountability Project (RHAP).

Speaking earlier at the event, Solacebase Publisher, Abdullateef Abubakar Jos, said the meeting was geared towards addressing the challenges militating access to quality health care services in rural areas and epidemics preparedness in the state.

Abdullateef said the organization’s investigative and accountability project on healthcare services in the rural areas that focus on the northwest and north-central is a collaboration with the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism and the support of the MacArthur Foundation.

‘’The program is monitoring, investigating, and sensitizing on resources and manpower deployment by the government at Primary Health Care centers in states in the north-central and northwest in other to ensure that residents access good health care services in rural communities,’’ he added.

’With our visit to some PHCs in some of the communities in Jigawa, we believe that the people and the government can interface on what needed to be done to improve access to health care at the grass-root.’’

On his part, a medical expert, Dr. Muhammad Namadina with Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital calls for collaboration between the government and the community as a measure to improve health care services in rural areas.

He urged the government to give priority to epidemic preparedness with sensitization of the populace on measures to adopt in case of outbreaks and participatory deployment of resources for transparency.

Some of the participants who are health care givers decried a lack of motivation from the state government to health workers.

‘’One of our major problems is lack of promotion and good incentives that can encourage a person to want to do more,’’ the health professionals lamented.

Also, some of the participants raised concerns about inadequate health personnel at Primary Health Care centers in the state.

In a remark, the Jigawa State House of Assembly Chief Whip, Alhaji Lawan Garba Muhammad said the assembly has always been supportive of the state government with a legal framework that would improve access to health care delivery in the state.

‘’The support of the house of assembly to the executive as a measure to address the shortage of manpower include the law establishing two more colleges of Nursing in Hadejia and Babura as well as improving that of Birnin- Kudu, ‘’Muhammad said.

Muhammad appreciated the initiative of the town hall meeting for stakeholders to evolve ways of improving healthcare delivery in Jigawa.

Participants at the meeting include community leaders, civil society organizations, health care givers, lawmakers, policy implementers, and security agents.

Meanwhile, campus outreach and advocacy were also conducted by Fridabs Solacebase Communications, at Jigawa State School of Nursing and Midwifery, Birnin Kudu on Wednesday on the need for students to embrace rural posting as a measure to improve manpower shortage at the grass-root.


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