By Onimisi ALAO, Yola
Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State has laid the foundation of a cottage hospital in Girei, headquarters of Girei Local Government Area.
Fintiri performed the foundation laying ceremony of the Girei Cottage Hospital, Friday afternoon as the forth of such event in two weeks.
The governor had laid the foundation for a cottage hospital in Lamurde on August 25 and then in Shelleng the next day, as well as in Gombi on Thursday, September 10.
Speaking just before putting down the foundation blocks of the 60-bed cottage hospital in Gombi on Thursday, Fintiri explained that the project was long over- due because the people of the area only access secondary healthcare services at Garkida General Hospital.
Garkida, an ancient town privileged to have one of only five general hospitals in Adamawa State, is 37 kometres away from Gombi.
Fintiri said despite growing population in Gombi town, successive state administrations failed to construct a befitting hospital in the area, adding that his administration had changed the negative narrative by even re-equiping the primary health clinics in the area and other parts of the state.
The state Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Professor Abdullahi Isa, said the Gombi cottage hospital has all the clinical departments.
He added that funds and other necessities were already in place to complete the project, billed to cost the state N130 million.
Speaking at the foundation laying of the 60-bed cottage hospital in Girei, Friday, Fintiri said the hospital was being located in Girei because of its placing as home to thousands of people who work in the state capital, Yola.
Girei shares boundary with Yola North (Jimeta), the administrative heart of the state capital.
“Many people who work in Yola reside here and they and other residents of this area need this facility,” Fintiri said.
The Girei Cottage Hospital is estimated to cost the government N179.9 million.