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By Barnabas Augustine 

Following through on his commitment to improving healthcare in Adamawa State, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri officially opened for use a brand new 60-bed cottage hospital in Demsa town on Friday. 

This marks a significant milestone for the region, as it's the first secondary healthcare facility established in Demsa Local Government headquarters since its creation in 1991.

Governor Fintiri emphasized his administration's dedication to ensuring accessible healthcare and disease prevention for Adamawa residents. 
He said deviopments witnessed in the healthcare in Adamawa is guided by the Strategic Development Plan (SSHDO II) his government has work tirelessly to moderate and revitalize the health service, making them more patient-centred, accessible, efficient and affordable.

He highlighted his administration's efforts to align with the national healthcare policy by establishing cottage hospitals in all 21 local government areas. 
The Governor pointed to various projects undertaken during his tenure, including a world-class standard health laboratory and dialyses center in specialist hospitals Yola demonstrating their significant investment in the health sector.
Governor Fintiri said that his administration has invested in health service delivery and campaigns.

"We have invested heavily in service delivery, conducting numerous campaigns and initiatives to combat diseases such as polio, measles, including WHO, UNICEF, IRC,U SAID and others, Governor Fintiri said.
"We have strengthened our healthcare workforce, enhance supply chain management and improved surveillance system to detect and respond to outbreaks swiftly".

Governor Fintiri administration has implemented innovative social investment programs.

"The State Health Contributory Scheme, alongside the Basic Health Care Provision Fund, ensures that even the most vulnerable members of our society can access quality healthcare without financial barriers" Governor Fintiri emphasized.

"In our pursuit of excellence, we have not forgotten the importance of education and research in shaping the future of healthcare. By supporting tertiary institutions like the College of Health Technology in Michika and the College of Nursing and Midwifery in Yola, we are nurturing the next generation of healthcare professionals and advancing medical knowledge in our state".
Hon. Kate Mamuno, representing Demsa in the State House of Assembly, expressed her gratitude to Governor Fintiri for the numerous projects completed in her constituency. 

The Commissioner of Health and Human Services, Chief Felix Tamgwami, also commended the Governor's leadership in the health sector, particularly his swift response to containing outbreaks of Lassa fever and measles within the state.

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