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  • Updated: February 20, 2024

Gombe: Yahaya assesses damages as fire razes N5 billion worth facility

Gombe: Yahaya assesses damages as fire razes N5 billion wort

The Governor of Gombe State, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has paid an assessment visit to the over N5 billion worth facility razed by fire.

The fire which started on Monday morning razed the Gombe Central Medical Store housing over two million doses of polio vaccines, and other essential medical consumables, and equipment.

The state government had scheduled to commence the Polio Myelitis Campaign in the state from March to April 2024 before the unfortunate incident. 

During his visit, Governor Yahaya vowed to take action to address the situation and appealed to stakeholders in the health sector, and donor agencies to support the state.

He stressed that the facility was central to supporting healthcare not only in Gombe State but the entire northeast subregion.

He further directed the State Commissioner of Works and Transport to move his technical team to the scene and provide immediate recommendations for the rehabilitation of the facility.

He said: "This facility was at some point the centre for drug distribution to the entire northeast region, not only Gombe state. 

"Prompt intervention by the Federal government, development partners such as WHO, UNICEF and other critical stakeholders will make a significant impact in strengthening our healthcare system."

As contained in a statement by Ismaila Uba Misilli, the governor's spokesperson, (Dr) Habu Dahiru, the State Commissioner for Health revealed that the N2 million vaccine destroyed was recently donated by UNICEF and Rotary International.

He added: "The extensive damage also included polio vaccine, routine immunization supplies, cold rooms, ultra-cold chain equipment for Pfizer Covid vaccine, maternal and child health equipment, nutritional items, family planning commodities, and special equipment for primary healthcare centres and maternity.  

"Refrigerators, cylinders, air conditioners, and motorcycles also were among the numerous items consumed by the fire.

"The over 60-year-old cold store, previously used to house COVID-19 vaccines in 2020, played a significant role as a holding place for vaccines destined for onward distribution to other Northeastern states."

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