Governor Dauda Lawal Dare
Zamfara State Government has promised to upgrade two general hospitals in each of the three senatorial districts by 2024.
The Governor, Lawal Dare made the promise during the commemoration of this year’s World Hand Washing Day, organised by Nigeria Governors’ Wives Forum, in collaboration with Procter and Gamble, in Gusau on Tuesday.
He said that his government would commit substantial resources to rebuilding and equipping some dilapidated healthcare facilities in the state, while training would also be organised for health workers.
The governor, who was represented by Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mallam Abubakar Nakwada, said aside security and education, no other sector of the economy deserved more priority than health.
He urged the public to put hand washing into practice, adding: “By doing so, you are not only saving lives and money but also encouraging government to put more efforts into healthcare services.
“In recent years, we had witnessed a growing commitment to simple hand hygiene with significant progress.
“Therefore, we must redouble our efforts to achieve the global hand hygiene target through strong leadership and collective actions.”
Lawal expressed appreciation to the forum and Procter and Gamble for teaming up with rest of the world to mark this year’s day through sensitisation and advocacy.
Also speaking, the wife of the governor, Hajiya Huriyya Lawal, expressed concern on the need to always observe hand washing.
“United Nations has set a special day every year to remind ourselves on the need to observe hand washing regularly, which is, no doubt, important to avoid contact with germs and other unwanted diseases.
“We must wash our hands with soap anytime we come out from toilets or when we are done with our daily activities.
“Cleanliness, they say, is next to Godliness. Our religion encourages us to be hygienic and that is the only way to control the spread of diseases, such as cholera and other deadly ailments.
“The present administration, under the leadership of my husband, has taken provision of potable water as one of its priority areas, as it remains the basic thing needed to achieve the desired objectives of the hand washing initiative,” she said.