Katsina Govt Closes 69 Healthcare Facilities Over Insecurity

The Executive Secretary, Katsina State Primary Health Care Agency, Dr. Shamsudeen Yahaya, on Tuesday, disclosed that no fewer than 69 primary healthcare facilities located in various parts of the state had been closed down due to security challenges in the communities where they were located.

He said the affected facilities were located in Jibia, Safana, Batsari, Faskari, Sabuwa, and other similar communities having security challenges.

Yahaya made the disclosure in Katsina while speaking with newsmen.

He added that two of such recently renovated facilities were burnt down by terrorists in Batsari Local Government Area.

Yahaya added that some of the staff of the Agency located in hard-to-reach communities were, on a weekly basis, also requesting to be transferred to other areas considered to be safer.

He declared, “Some of the facilities especially in those compromised local government areas have a challenge accessing them. For example, we renovated two facilities in Batsari but they were attacked and burnt by bandits.

“Right now, about 69 facilities are closed down in Jibia, Safana, Batsari, Sabuwa, Faskari and other LGAs due to insecurity and we had some of our staff that were kidnapped but later on they were released.

“Another challenge is that almost every week, we receive requests from our staff, especially females, that they should be moved from those areas to either Katsina, Batagarawa, or Kaita. These are the issues that we are facing.”

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