The Katsina State Commissioner for health, Mrs Mariatu Bala Usman has disclosed that people travel for an hour to access health facilities in the state.
She gave this disclosure at an interactive meeting with the Senate Committee on Foreign Loans and Local debts in Abuja, saying that the situation had led to 180 child mortality rate every month.
She noted that past administrations did not do well across the state, a situation she explained, led to the collapsed of health care system.
“We have 24 local governments in Katsina state and past administrations did not judiciously apply part of loans they borrowed in the health care sector”, she said.
Katsina state Commissioner for Finance, Alhaji Mukhtar Abdulkadir told the Committee that part of the World Bank loan of 110 million dollars which the state seeks to borrow would be channeled into health sector.
In response to inquiries about the state’s debt profile, he disclosed that the current government inherited 74 million dollars the state owed foreign agencies, while N24 billion was domestic debt.
He said they were servicing the loan with N316 million monthly, while about N6 billion has been saved from the last Paris Club loan.