From Maiharaji Altine Gusau
The Emir of Bungudu in Zamfara state, Alhaji Hassan Atto Bungudu has called on health workers in the country to discharge their duties with diligence and utmost fear of God.
The Emir made the call in Bungudu town, the headquarters of Bungudu local government area of Zamfara State at the inauguration of 30 Volunteer health workers and award presentation to some deserving personalities organized by an NGO called, ‘Bungudu Concerned Citizens’ Group on Saturday.
The Emir who described health care delivery as one of the most important segments of the society said health workers must live up to their responsibility in order to attract Allah’s blessings.
The Emir reminded the health workers of a stiffer punishment awaiting anybody who knowingly terminated the live of his fellow human being and also the reward for those who saved lives.
“If you intentionally kill one person, it is just like you have killed the entire human beings”.
“So also if you save the life of one person, it is like you have saved the lives of the entire human beings”.
He commended the staff of Bungudu General hospital for their dedication and commitment to duty, urging them to maintain the tempo.
He called on the volunteer health workers engaged by Bungudu concerned citizens group to make the best use of the opportunity to render their services to patients in the hospital.
The Emir stressed that he would personally monitor their activities to achieve the desired result.
He commended the NGO for the good effort and called on the general public to give them all necessary assistance and encouragement for the overall development of the entire Emirate.
Speaking earlier, the Sarkin Tsabtan Bungudu, Alhaji Lawali Isa expressed pleasure on the activities of the NGO, saying that he was impressed by their contribution towards the development of health sector.
He urged parents and guardians to allow their wards to attend health institutions so that the state could secure adequate manpower in the health sector.
Alhaji Lawali however lamented that, the state lacks enough health institutions, as such he advised parents and guardians to patronize private health institutions available in the state.
“I urged parents and guardians to patronize private health institutions because there is only one public health school in the state.
He commended the Medical Director of Bungudu General hospital, Dr. Gambo for his contributions to the hospital.
In his speech, the Registrar, Federal College of Education Technical Gusau, Dr. Mansur Mohammed called on the well to do individuals in the Emirate to contribute their qoata to the development of education in the area.
He maintained that although it was the responsibility of the state government to provide education to the people, there was the need for the community to come out and assist the Government.
In his contribution, an Islamic Scholar in the Emirate Malam Nasiru Bala Bungudu stated that, health workers have a good place in the world hereafter, calling on them to be more active, dedicated and put the fear of God in the discharge of their responsibilities.
Malam Nasiru also commended the organizers of the event for the good effort, calling on the people of the Emirate to give them maximum support and cooperation for them to succeed.
The Medical Director, Federal Medical Centre Gusau, Dr. Bello Mohammed kotorkoshi expressed happiness for the invitation to attend the occasion and commended the NGO for their efforts.
Kotorkoshi attributed the success of the NGO to the foresight and encouragement from the Emir of Bungudu who has great concern for his people, particularly on health sector.
He called on the volunteers to redouble efforts in the discharge of their responsibility so that, they did not bring bad attitude to the permanent staff of the hospital.
Dr. Bello advised that, duty roster should be drawn for the volunteers so that each of them knows when to report for duty.
Also Speaking, the Acting Chairman HSMB Dr. Sufuyanu Usman also commended the NGO for their efforts to enlighten the general public on the need for them to contribute their qoata to health sector.
He commended the PMO of Bungudu General Hospital, Dr. Gambo and other peesonalities that were honored by the NGO.
The Coordinator, Advocacy Nigeria, Rabiu Sambo said the Concerned Citizens Group deserved commendation going by the success they recorded within a short period of their inception.
According to him, the NGO was the only one that has been promoting health activities in the state, lamenting that other NGOs with similar platform have since ceased to exist.
In his contribution, a member, representing Bungudu West Constituency, Hon Nasiru Bello Lawal commended the NGO adding that the Assembly was also doing its best towards improving the health care delivery in the state.
He urged the people of the Emirate to assist the NGO in order to succeed.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of health Dr Habib Yelwa who doubled as the representative of the state government said “Government is doing its best to improve health condition of the people of the state.
Dr. Yelwa commended Bungudu local government on health issues, stressing that the local government was always at forefront when it comes to issues relating to health.
Explaining the activities of the NGO, the Coordinator, Malam Mas,ud Bungudu said, “The aim of creating the Bungudu Concerned Citizens Group is to bring rapid development to the area in all sectors of human endeavors”.
Malam Mas,ud said the NGO has started with Bungudu General Hospital considering the importance of health as backbone of human development.
“For this reason we assisted in getting additional 30 Volunteer staff to the hospital who be rendering their services to Bungudu General hospital free if charge”.
He called on the state government to recruit more staff to the hospital.
In a vote of thanks, one of the awardees, Dr. Gambo Umar expressed pleasure to the NGO for the honor done to them and promised to continue with the good work they have been rendering.
Dr Gambo also commended the Emir for his contribution to the hospital particularly his efforts in supplying medical facilitates.
Those awarded at the ceremony included Dr. Gambo Umar, Kasimu Musa Kanoma, Asiya Abdullahi, Fadima Tanko Halil, Lawali Abdullahi Magazu, Malama Ba,u Garba, Yakubu Yabo and Ibrahim Alukka.