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PHOTOS: Jubilation as upgraded Giginyu PHC wears new look in Kano

It is apparent that one of the main cardinal viabilities of a successful community setting is the presence of a reliable health care delivery system that caters for the health needs of the community members. The facility provides the essential health care services needs of the people that are made accessible to individuals in the community at costs that they can averagely afford.

According to records, Giginyu Primary Health Care facility established around 1988, serves as a public hospital, located at  Giginyu, Nasarawa Local Government, Kano State.

It was revealed that the facility had gone through series of upgrading by various government’s establishment till January 1st, 2001 when it became a facility that operates on 24 Hours basis.

However, the people of Giginyu ward have been lobbying and praying for a better upgrade of their facility. The people’s prayers were answered as House of Representatives member, representing Nassarawa federal constituency, Hon. Nasir Ali Ahmed under APC-led administration has under his initiative to channel resources towards improving the quality of healthy life for the citizens came to the community’s rescue by upgrading and renovating the facility.

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He had succeeded in providing a platform for accessible, affordable and qualitative healthcare delivery systems irrespective of status, religion, gender or political affiliations. The facility is now wearing a new look and has been revitalized and rehabilitated. The PHC is now a functional and well equipped PHC. The facility is now a licensed hospital by the Federal Ministry of Health, with facility code 19/31/1/1/1/0004 and registered as Primary Health Care Centre.

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The upgraded facility which is first of its kind in Nigeria as recognized by the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, has already been replicated in five wards of the Nasarawa local government area with a commitment to spread this goodwill of access to qualitative healthcare at the grass-root to the other 6 wards, that makes up the 11 wards in the area.

It offers services such as antenatal Care (ANC), Immunization, Tuberculosis, Non-Communicable Diseases, Family Planning, Nutrition, Health Education and Community Mobilization among others.

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Similarly, apart from the renovation and remodeling work at the Gigiyun ward, a brand-new maternity ward was constructed from the scratch with a provision of solar energy supported with inverter to provide 24 hours uninterrupted power supply.

At first point of contact, now Giginyu Primary Health Care facility has been upgraded to serve the people better with a robust referral mechanism to secondary or tertiary health care centers if the need arises. The facility now has over 30 beds, with 3 examination beds and the newly established labor room in the newly constructed maternity ward has 3 beds.

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According to a 47-year-old resident of the area Malam Bello Idris, the upgrading of the facility has been the best thing that had ever happened to the area adding that what the federal lawmaker did was a clear sign of responsive representation that shows concern and commitment to the constituency’s development. He explained that Giginyu has been considered as the luckiest in all the wards in the federal constituency.

“We can’t thank honorable Nasir Ali Ahmed more; ever since the commissioning of the renovated facility last week, people in the area have been jubilating, we are now like a section of a developed nation. If you look around the PHC you will understand what I am saying. We now have a functional maternity ward with three beds; we have over 30 beds in all the newly renovated wards as well as a standard newly established laboratory. To be honest, we feel honored and elated. We will continue to support Nasir as he seeks another term in office,” said Bello Idris.

For Abdul Ibrahim a 33-year-old resident of Giginyu, the renovated PHC has been a God’s sent intervention to the ward. According to him, the community has been transformed into a hub of joy, “We can access virtually all our health services here without the trouble of going a long distance. Indeed, we are blessed and all thanks to our representative for a purposeful representation,” he said.

Malama Hadiza Bala another resident said they couldn’t ask for more, according to her what they now wish for, is the presence of qualified and dedicated medical personnel that will man the facility effectively. “The house member has done his part perfectly, what we now need is the state government commitment in providing qualified personnel that will effectively man this facility for us,” she revealed.

In addition, the federal lawmaker said he has been in discussion with the NYSC, to commence deployment of two corps members who are medical doctors to each of the 11 PHCs in the Nasarawa federal constituency with their monthly allowances to be paid personally by him.

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