Prince Abubakar University Teaching Hospital Anyigba currently under construction by the administration of His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State. *** Governor Yahaya Bello at work on the age-old erosion ravaged section of the road from Anyigba to the headquarters of Dekina LG and to the neighboring Bassa LG.*** Ultra-modern General Hospital, Under Construction At Isanlu-Yagba East LGA-Kogi State. Similar projects ongoing simultaneously in two (2) other locations in the state, ie, Gegu in Kogi LGA and Eganyi in Ajaokuta LGA*** The World Bank commended Governor Yahaya Bello for refunding $4.63 million surplus funds under the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP)***  This app, is an Audio/visual excursion into the stewardship of His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello*** 


GYB, Reinventing the Health Sector of Kogi State.

Good health and wellbeing are essential for all at different ages. Ensuring healthy lives and promoting wellbeing for all, at all ages is essential to sustainable development.

Before the advent of the New Direction Administration, the health sector was in shambles. This was attributed to: lack of well-trained medical personnel, deteriorated state of the existing health facilities, lack of drugs in hospitals, and poor sanitation practices.



Signa prime 1.5T MRI Scanner


A Signa prime 1.5T MRI Scanner by General Electric of USA adorns the MRI Technical Room at the world class Reference Hospital Okene built by the Administration of His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.

General Electric (GE) is an American company renowned all over the world for manufacturing topnotch quality products, in particular, their line of healthcare equipment and machinery.

A new intuitive user experience makes the Signa Prime MRI scanner a user-friendly and efficient workhorse suitable for daily operations.

This Signa Prime MRI scanner which is installed at the Reference Hospital, Okene, Kogi State is the first of its cutting-edge series in Africa and only the second in the world to be manufactured and installed by GE. It boasts of all the latest manufacturing innovations from GE.



Fully Functioning Medical Oxygen Production Plant.

Massive! Fully installed and functioning medical oxygen production plant in the world class Reference Hospital Hospital, Okene built by the Governor Yahaya Bello administration in Kogi State. Test running for over 40 hours now non-stop. It has capacity to produce both liquid and gaseous Oxygen and Nitrogen.



The Greatest Wealth, is Health. Episode 2

The State currently has 838 rehabilitated and functional primary health facilities. Having been provided with advanced structures and facilities as well as the improvements made on welfare, public hospitals are now far more enticing than ever and attract no small number of qualified medical personnel.

In a bid to increase medical support service schemes, the Governor Yahaya Bello administration flagged off access to free healthcare services for indigenes of the State.

The scheme tagged ‘Bello Care’ is expected to cater for the medical needs of pregnant women, children below 5 years, people with disabilities and persons above the age of 65. 15,000 Kogites were enrolled into the programme.

This is estimated to eventually have a reductive impact on the mortality rates of pregnant women and vulnerable groups in the State.

A baseline assessment carried out across Healthcare facilities showed that lack of money to go to the Hospital was the major reason for the generally low antenatal attendance, low Hospital delivery, High home delivery and High maternal and newborn death.

Click any of the images below to read the full report on a PDF version.


Since inception, the administration of His Excellency, Alh. Yahaya Bello placed high priority on Health as a thematic area of focus knowing fully well that a healthy population is a wealthy population. In the last 5years, there has been tremendous increase in our Health Financing Fiscal Space and the State has witnessed huge investments on Health infrastructure as well as Health work force, Capacity building to improve service delivery, Procurement and distribution of essential medicines, Electronic data capturing and tracking system to improve our Health Management Information System. Key achievements in the health sector include: HEALTH

INFRASTRUCTURE: In other to fix the infrastructural deficit that was left behind by the previous administration, The New Direction Administration took a decisive action to establish a World Class Reference Hospital that is at par with any standard Hospital elsewhere in the world. Other projects initiated include…

To read the full detail on pdf, click the image below…

GYB has flagged off access to free healthcare services for indigenes of the state

A total of 15,000 instant beneficiaries under the scheme, tagged, ‘Bello Care’, were unveiled in Lokoja recently.

The programme operated under the Kogi State Health Insurance Agency is aimed at providing quality healthcare services to pregnant women, children under the age of five, people with disabilities and persons above the age of 65.

GYB’s Dreams For The Health Sector – Dr Zakari

I want a public health facilities where I can confidently take myself and my family to for medicals – Gov Yahaya Bello

The Kogi State Commissioner for Health, Dr Usman Zakari Alhaji was a guest on Shregarf RadioVision’s programme “THE TOUCH LIGHT” anchored by Ahammed Shaba, the Honourable Commissioner was able to breakdown details of all we need to know in the health sector under the Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello’s New Direction Government.

Part of the interview can be seen below.

The reason for our continued decay in sustainability of infrastructure is that new governments never bother to check projects intervened by the previous governments, there are fifty-four (54) functional hospitals in Kogi state today, we have to look around for alternate resources mechanisms to maintain these hospitals without always waiting for government,

This government is looking at facilities that has been hitherto been touched by previous governments but the difference is that this government goes out to inspect if there are things needed to be done in these hospitals, this is evident in the specialist hospital in Lokoja.

We also need to have community ownership of these facilities, in times past, community youths go to the hospitals to clean the surroundings we need to bring that back to our consciousness because the health is everybody’s concern, the hospital itself should be self-sustaining.

The Governor has ordered medical emergencies and no hospital would be left untouched, we would move to the next phase when we are done with Constructions, Renovations and upgrading that is going on across the state at the moment, I can assure you that his Excellency is not tired and not ready to stop now.

Kogi State Governor His Excellency Alhaji Yahaya Bello, said “I will not intervene in the building or renovation of a hospital that I cannot attend for medical issues” and that’s why you can see a lot of facilities in the hospitals today, the idea was “Think Foreign but act Local” and this is addressing three different things which are providing quick, effective and adequate health services to the people, to prevent medical tourism and also to develop a level of human resources.

So the foreign facilities are for our local people , the Governor’s mandate is to ensure that the hospitals are propelled by persons that are technically sound, trained and certified, so that people won’t have to pay for healthcare delivery (catastrophic health expenditure) and he’s doing all he can to prevent that ,

The State Health Insurance Agency has been kicked off fully, equally there’s also the Bello Healthcare Initiative(BHI) providing care for all kogites especially women, children, the elderly and people living with disabilities.

These healthcare facilities are distributed into three (3) tiers which one is the Primary Healthcare Development Agency that entails the primary healthcare Centre that manage damage control, basic life supports and others.

Next is the secondary facility where we have our general hospitals, manage issues around the second tier where the laboratories are fully equipped so they can carry out any form of intervention like emergency surgeries or elective.

The third is the tertiary, like the reference hospital in Okene for the first time in Nigeria or even west Africa we have a hospital based Hyperbaric Oxygen-based chamber, we also have an Oxygen plant where we are generating our oxygen in the state and also plan of distributing to other states that are ready to buy, also an MRI machine that is 1.5 tesla. Which means that diagnostics can now be made in the state, we also have a CT scan machine a 928slight, we also have a dialysis machine and with the amount of manpower put in there, renal transplant would no longer go out of Kogi state.

Talking about what the governor doing differently?’ Hon Usman in his words, “we just keyed into the vision of his Excellency” he declared emergency in the health sector, over the years there’s been improvement in various levels and the Governor has taken it to a whole new level. What we should do differently is imbibe the maintenance culture of all government infrastructures, I want to create mass of next generation civil servants that can think for the betterment of our people and for effective impact in healthcare, we also need to look at capacity development of next generation healthcare workers, we need to think sustainability of these infrastructures, we are already working on how the system would be self-sustaining yet affordable, also community involvements in sustaining these facilities.

In his final words, the Commissioner for Health Kogi State said, I am humbled, flattered and forever grateful for the widespread acceptance of my appointment as commissioner for health, First of all I want to appreciate His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello, for finding me worthy for this position, I want to thank Kogites for their vote of confidence even before I began and I want to solicit your support and prayers for the Governor of the state, for all leaders who are also his lieutenants to be able to sustain this new drive towards developing our state, I love you all, I love you my wife, I love everybody, thank you.

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