Katsina, Nov. 13, 2017 (TNE) The Katsina State Government says it has so far spent N1.7 billion on the renovation of General Hospitals in the state in 2017.
Gov. Aminu Masari said this while reviewing the 2017 budget at the presentation of the 2018 appropriation before the State House of Assembly on Monday in Katsina.
He said that the hospitals, remodelled during the period under review, were those in Daura, Funtua, Katsina, Malumfashi and Musawa hospitals.
The governor said, however, that the renovations were at different levels of completion.
Masari said that healthcare service remains one of the top priorities of the present administration, and that plans were on to take healthcare nearer to the people.
He said that hospital equipment worth N700 million were procured in efforts to enhance quality healthcare services in the state.
He further said that the state government had released its counterpart funding of N350 million to UNICEF for the purchase of Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) for malnourished children in the state.
According to him, the UNICEF is also ready to provide N350 million to purchase 30,000 cartons of food items as part of its commitment.
The governor also said his administration’s commitment to improve healthcare service delivery in the state is not negotiable.