The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai has planned to spend N4.6 billion to upgrade and equip General Hospitals across the state in 2021, in a bid to curb the continuous surge of coronavirus pandemic.
AllNews learned that the Kaduna State Government allocated N9.1 billion to the Ministry of Health for capital projects in 2021, which was contained in the budget breakdown on Saturday.
The approved budget document showed that N2.0 billion was allocated for the construction and equipping of a 300-bed Specialist Hospital and N20.7 million for the procurement of reagents and consumables for General Hospitals.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), N752 million was also allocated for COVID–19 intervention; construction of isolation centers, and procurement of ambulances.
A total of N22.5 million was earmarked for the construction and repairs of Standard Accident and Emergency Unit at some General Hospitals, and N800 million for the construction of Trauma Centre at Doka.
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The document equally showed that N23.5 million was earmarked for the procurement and installation of electric medical incinerators, one in each Senatorial Zone, and N24.9 million for the procurement of dialysis consumables.
It also showed that N65.8 million was allocated for the completion and upgrading of a rural hospital, Fadan Kagoma, and N482 million for the construction of a new College of Nursing and Midwifery at Pambegua.
It further indicated that N25 million was earmarked for neglected Tropical Disease Control Programme, N188 million for Kaduna State Emergency Nutrition Action Plan, and N25.2 million for Tuberculosis and Leprosy Drug-Resistant.
This online news medium also gathered that the state government allocated N8.9 billion to the State Primary Health Care Development Board, for capital projects, of which N594.6 million was for the procurement of Personal Protective Equipment against COVID-19.
It further indicated that N23.9 million was allocated for the maintenance of medical equipment in 255 PHCs, and N817.8 million was earmarked as counterpart funding.