By Murtala Muhammad
Bauchi State Government has restated its commitment to strengthen immunization and vaccine administration for both adults and children with a view to improve healthcare service delivery.
The State Deputy Governor and Chairman Taskforce on Primary Health Care, Senator Baba Tela gave the indication at an event to commemorate the World Immunization Week and African Vaccination Week, held at Dass Emir’s Palace.
Senator Baba Tela who was represented by the Emir of Dass and Chairman of Bauchi State Emirate Councils Committee on Health, (BASECOH) Alhaji Usman Bilyaminu Othman said the state had recorded tremendous improvement in the area of immunization which according to him led to the country’s attainment of Polio-free status.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Sama’ila Dahuwa, represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Ali Babayo assured that the state government was poised to prioritise healthcare service delivery especially immunization to protect people against vaccine preventable diseases.
In a goodwill message, representative of the World Health Organisation, WHO Mohammed Bashir said about four hundred and eighteen million Covid-19 Vaccines were being administered across Africa, however frowned at the figure of those who were fully vaccinated in the continent and called for improvement.
The State Coordinator of USAID funded Breakthrough Action Nigeria Usman Mohammed Inuwa assured his organisation’s resolve to support the state to ensure that every child is vaccinated as part of its mandate to conform with Nigerian Immunisation Policy.
Usman Inuwa also assured readiness to sustain sensitisation and enlightenment of people on issues of maternal and child health.
The Executive Chairman of the State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed expressed appreciation to all development partners working in the state for their support towards improving healthcare service.
This year’s World Immunization Week with the theme “Long Life For All” was organized by the State Primary Health Care Development Agency with support from USAID’s Breakthrough Action Nigeria.