The Chairman of the Northern Senators Forum, Sen. Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko has inaugurated the Silame General Hospital, in Silame Local Government of Sokoto State at a cost of N286 million.
Bashir Rabe Mani, the Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the senator, said in a statement, made available to The Renaissance on Saturday, that the hospital has also been upgraded by the Sokoto State Government.
Mani stated that the inauguration of the hospital was part of events lined up to mark the 2018 Democracy Day in the state.
Wamakko, who represents Sokoto North Senatorial District remarked that the health sector was key to the improvement of the socio-economic standard of the people.
“The health facility will go a long way to improving the health status of the people of the area.
“The essence of every government is to meet the yearnings and aspirations of the government, while the health sector is crucial in this direction.
“I am extremely delighted to be part of this epoch-making event and I commend the state government for this feat,” Wamakko was quoted as saying.
The senator, who is also the Chairman, Senate Committee on Basic and Secondary Education, added that what the state government did for the people of the area was in line with the principles of fairness in governance.
He lauded Gov. Aminu Tambuwal for sustaining the peace he inherited, noting that the state remains the most peaceful in Nigeria.
Also speaking, Tambuwal said his administration was fully committed to providing effective health services to the people of the state.
He also promised that his administration would leave no stone unturned in addressing all the problems of the state, especially the health sector.
The governor maintained that the health sector has inseparable links to all the sectors of human endeavours.
He appealed to the people of the area to use the facility judiciously, visit hospitals, allow their wives to attend antenatal clinics and ensure that their children are fully immunised.
Dr Balarabe Shehu Kakale, the Health Commissioner, said that with the opening of the hospital, all the 23 local governments in the state now have fully functional General Hospitals.
According to him, hitherto, Silame local government was the only one lacking a General Hospital and only had an upgraded Primary Health Centre.
Kakale said the hospital was fully equipped with state of the art facilities while it has consulting rooms, admission wards, labour room and a laboratory among others.
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