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Poor Road Network: Kano Community Decries Lack of Hospitals in Settlement

Buhari Abba

Residents of Jama’ar Danburaima in the Kiru local government area of Kano state have decried the unavailability of social amenities such as a hospital, a senior secondary school, and access roads in their village.

The village head, Malam Murtala Bala of Jama’ar Danburaima, while responding to questions from CITAD Radio during a tour to the village over the weekend, lamented that the absence of these amenities is making life uncomfortable for the village members.

“We live peacefully here, but our children are unable to attend a secondary school after finishing their primary education due to the absence of any nearby secondary school. Additionally, we lack a hospital to attend to our sick people. If we must take our sick people to the hospital, we have to go all the way to Kiru,” he added.

Malam Murtala Bala further stated, “You have to pay a motorcyclist N500 to take you to the hospital, and many of our people cannot afford that.”

Another village member, Malam Yakubu Lawan, revealed that pregnant women give birth in the hands of traditional birth attendants due to the lack of a maternity clinic in the area.

He also added that “Members of the village usually travel long distances of up to 7 – 8 kilometres to access medical centres. Many people have lost their lives during emergency situations at night,” he explained.

The village head also appealed to Kano state Governor Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf to build a primary health care facility in the village.

“We call on the Kano state government, Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf, to help us in building a primary health care facility or even a dispensary in this village.”

CITAD Radio learned that the Jama’ar Danburaima village, which is more than 7 kilometers from Kiru local government, with over 1000 population, has a poor road network eroded by water.

Kano has 40 general hospitals, and most of the standard ones are within the metropolis, covering just eight out of 44 local government areas in the state. The 40 government general hospitals are overstretched by the overwhelming influx of patients from every nook and cranny of the state.

This situation occurs despite the Kano State Executive Council (SEC) allocating more than N40 billion for road infrastructure and health-related projects within the state.

CITAD reached out to the State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Abubakar Labaran Yusuf, but he was unavailable at the time of filing this report.

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