Sixty-nine health care centres in some parts of Katsina state have been shut down over the worsening insecurity.
The Executive Secretary, Katsina State Primary Health Care Agency (SPHA), Dr. Shamsudeen Yahaya, disclosed this while with journalists in the state on Tuesday, July 5.
Yahaya explained that two of such centres in Batsari local government were completely burnt down by bandits operating in the area.
“Most of the health facilities in the area have been taken over by the miscreants. The solar refrigerators provided in such facilities have been converted to use by the bandits.”he said
He further revealed that some health workers have been kidnapped, lamenting the increasing request of redeployment by workers in the affected areas.
On the situation of dilapidated health centres in the state, Yahaya said government had concluded plans to renovate one health centre in each of the 361 wards across the state.
He expressed the commitment of the state government to ensure the complete rehabilitation of health centres.
Meanwhile, due to the dilapidated nature of Sha’iskawa clinic in Mani local government area of the state, the clinic has been temporarily relocated to an Islamiyya School as the structure housing the clinic is on the verge of collapse.