By Jawati Friday
Adamawa State Government has expressed its commitment towards improving health care services in the state.
The State Deputy Governor, Professor Kaletapwa Farauta, expressed the state government’s determination during a meeting with Adamawa State Task Force on Primary Health Care held at Government House, Yola.
The State Deputy Governor, Professor Kaletapwa Farauta, who is also the Chairperson, Adamawa State Task Force on Primary Health Care explained that the health sector was accorded one of the highest priorities which was demonstrated through the establishment of new cottage hospitals, recruitment of human resources for health, improve budgetary allocation and provisions of drugs, equipment and supplies among others.
Professor Kaletapwa Farauta therefore urged the Primary Health Care Workers to remain steadfast and committed to making good use of the enabling environment created for the rendering of quality health care services.
According to her, as Nigeria maintain its wild polio-free status, they must have a high coverage rate of routine immunization as well as conduct periodic National immunization plus days to build the needed immunity across all segments of the population.
She also commended the effort of all stakeholders for the success recorded in the maternal Newborn and child Health Week held in December, 2023.
With respect to the conduct of the National Immunization Plus Days, which was held in 3 rounds covering October, November and December 2023, the Deputy Governor said Adamawa recorded a coverage of 102 to 103 percent during the October, November and December rounds respectively.
In his welcome address, the State Commissioner, Ministry of Health, Chief Felix Tangwami appreciated Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri for supporting the Health Sector which has motivated them to do more by ensuring that people get access to health care services.
Also speaking, the state Executive Chairman, Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Suleiman Sai’du Bashir assured of the sustainability of the campaigns to ensure health services across the state.
Also Speaking on behalf of the partners, the state Coordinator WHO, Dr. Ahemen Terseer also commended the performance on the field, pledging more support for desired coverage.
The meeting attracted stakeholders from 21 local government areas of the state including Chairmen, security personnel, development partners, Religious and Traditional leaders among others.