FILE PHOTO: Public Health Facility

European Union (EU) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have renovated 39 health facilities in various locations in Bauchi State.

The Chief of Field Office, UNICEF, Bauchi, Dr Bhanu Pathak disclosed this on Tuesday while handing over one of the facilities at Gadau town in Bauchi State.

Pathak explained that the facilities renovated were among the 162 facilities targeted for rehabilitation in the state before the end of 2021.

Pathak said UNICEF had also supported non-governmental organisations working in the state with capacity buildings and other facilities.

He said that over 20,000 persons were expected to benefit from Gadau facility due to its proximity to the state-owned University in Gadau.

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Pathak urged the staff posted to man the facility to start rendering services to the people.

Dr Rulwanu Mohammad, Executive Chairman, Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (PHCDA), said that UNICEF was also providing drugs and equipment to 323 health facilities in the state.

Mohammad said UNICEF was spending N72 million annually on routine immunisation in the state.

He said that the Nigeria State Health Investment Project (N-SHIP) in its efforts to boost health delivery had renovated 204 hospitals and primary health facilities in the state.

The chairman advised husbands against preventing their wives from attending health facilities.

He urged the men to ensure their wives benefitted from routine immunisation, family planning and other services rendered by the facilities.

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He commended UNICEF and other organisations for the assistance rendered to the state.