Free medical care for pregnant women, elderly

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Medical care for pregnant women – The Plateau State Government is to provide free medical care to pregnant women, children under five years and elderly people from 60 years and above in the state. Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Davou Mang, said this, yesterday, while giving a breakdown of this year’s budget totalling over N112.7 billion recently signed into law by Governor Jonah Jang.

He said the health sector was allotted over N4.2 billion in the Appropriation Act to take care of the free health care programme for these categories of citizens as well as commence the first phase of a specialist hospital in Barkin Ladi.

Also to be taken care of this year, according to Mang, is the completion of three general hospitals at Kwal, Mabudi and Riyom, upgrading of the the general hospitals in Langtang and Shendam to referral hospitals, as well as provision of drugs and vaccines.

He said the education sector got over N12.4 billion to, among others, be spent on the renovation and construction of Government Technical College, Bukuru, three science schools and 15 secondary schools in each of the senatorial zones of the state.

The commissioner said about N3 billion was allocated for the provision of mini-solar/wind- powered village water purification systems in the 17 local government areas of the state.

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