The entire project will cost N2.5 billion.
The Commissioner for Health in Nasarawa State, Emmanuel Akabe, has said that the government has approved N1 billion for the construction of three new general hospitals in the state.
Mr. Akabe disclosed this on Thursday in Lafia when members of the state House of Assembly committee on health visited the ministry as part of the their oversight functions.
The commissioner explained that the three new hospitals to be cited in Lafia, Akwanga and Nasarawa local government areas is expected to gulp N2.5 billion.
He said the decision to construct more general hospitals in the state is predicated on the need to decongest the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital, DASH, Lafia.
According to Mr. Akabe, facilities at DASH had become over-stretched and with the state government’s plan to deliver quality healthcare services to the people under a conducive environment, it decided to embark on the project alongside the renovation of existing general hospitals in Awe, Akwanga and others.
He assured the committee that the state government was doing its best to tackle all the challenges facing the health sector in the state.
On manpower needed in the sector, Mr. Akabe said, “We have the backing of the governor to improve on the manpower and our emphasis is on technical staff. A committee had been set up by the state government to look into the required assessment for staffing submitted by the Ministry and once it gets through, the issue of inadequate manpower would be over.”
Abdulkarim Usman, chairman of the committee, said the oversight was part of their constitutional mandate to ensure that the funds allocated to health in the budget were properly channelled and utilised for the benefit of the people.