Bauchi - Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State on Thursday said the state government built 550 health care centres between 2011 and 2013 to boost access to health care facilities.
Yuguda made the disclosure when he inaugurated the newly built 30-bed capacity primary healthcare centre in Kundak, Alkaleri Local Government Area of the state.
The governor said that out of the 550 health centres, 400 are primary healthcare centres, while 150 are maternity centres.
The governor added that the state government had recently recruited 200 health personnel and posted them to various health centres to improve healthcare delivery in those areas.
"We will not relent in our effort to ensure that every community, especially rural areas in the state, have access to healthcare services.
"We will continue to ensure that we fulfill our promises by meeting the yearnings of our people.
"This is because health is paramount to the development of every society."
In his remarks, Dr Nassir Umar, the Executive Chairman, Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency, commended the state government for improving the health status of the people.
According to him, improving access to health care services will go a long way in ensuring a healthy population for economic development.
He called on community leaders to monitor and ensure that all government facilities located in their localities were properly maintained.
Yahaya Yashi, the Chairman, Caretaker Committee, Alkaleri Local Government, thanked the state government for meeting the yearnings of the people, especially in the rural communities.
He said the health centre would not only serve the people of Kundak community, but also the entire surrounding communities who, hitherto, do travel about 40 kilometers to access health services.