Kebbi state government says it will continue to making funds and facilities available to the health sector towards attaining the desired quality health care.
Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu affirmed this at the flag-off of this year’s maternal new born and child health week at MDG Clinic Gwadangaji near Birnin Kebbi this Monday.
The Governor added that, his administration has placed priority to improving health care services, assuring that, the government would sustain support and encouragement to the Ministry of Health towards achieving this objective.
The Governor requested people seeking for health services from any clinic or health centre to report what they deemed as poor services for rectification.
He said people were at liberty to report such cases direct to the Ministry of Health, Public Office holders, politicians or traditional and community leaders for appropriate action.
Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu explained that, the purpose of such action was to prevent those in need of health services suffering in silence.
He expressed appreciation to the development partners like UNICEF and USAID for making effective contribution to enhancing quality health care in Kebbi state.
The Governor specifically mentioned the provision of seventy million Euros by UNICEF to five states including Kebbi for the improvement of primary healthcare centres, with equipment and the desired staffing.
He also acknowledged the provision of mosquito nets by the development partners to facilitate the anti-malaria campaign in Kebbi state.
Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu was also happy about the provision of drug revolving funds aimed at energizing drug purchasing scheme of the government.
He was full of commendation for the State Ministry of Health, State Primary Health Care Agency and other stakeholders in the health sector for their enthusiasm, zeal and commitment toward executing the health care policy of incumbent administration.
The Governor administered some vaccines on children at the MDG clinic Gwadangaji to flag-off the maternal new born and child health week in Kebbi state.
In a welcome address the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health Hajiya Halima Boyi Dikko announced that, the programme was targeted at children under five years and pregnant women at the designated health clinics in all the 21 local government areas beginning from this Monday to Saturday this week.
She explained that, services to be provided includes nutritional supplements, immunization, deworming and anti-natal care services.
Hajiya Halima Boyi Dikko said the government has an objectives of achieving 75% coverage under the programme which has been designed to make health care services easily accessible to women in both urban centres and rural areas.
The Permanent Secretary affirmed the commitment of the Ministry of Health to the sustainability of quality healthcare services and expressed immense thank to Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu for placing premium on health care.
She advised people to avail themselves of such services in their localities including free drugs to pregnant women and children under five years.
The Executive Secretary, Kebbi State Primary Health Care Agency Dr. Abubakar Attahiru Ka’oje reiterated the commitment of the agency to strengthen efforts in achieving the target goals of primary health care in the state.
He commended Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu for providing the necessary support to the agency to perform its operation and thanked traditional rulers for mobilizing their people to benefit from all health programmes of state government.
Dr. Ka’oje announced that, services to be provided under the maternal new born and child health week this year includes immunization for children against celebro-spinal meningitis CSM in addition to measles.
In a separate goodwill message the representatives of the development partners UNICEF, Ahmed Muhammad Ahmad and IHP/USAID, Dr. Usman Gebi affirmed their readiness to continue to partner with the government to facilitating the attainment of target objectives in health care services to the people.
The Chief Operating Officer Tulsi Chanrai Foundation Kasim Shravan Kumar was among important dignitaries at the flag-off ceremony at the maternal new child born week at Gwadangaji near Birnin Kebbi this Monday.
The District Head of Gwadangaji, Alhaji Umar Ahmed played host to the ceremony.
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