Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Bauchi state commended for its immunization drive

This is 2016 and we really shouldn't be at the level of "commending immunization' but that is the fact of the matter.

Immunization,  which citizens of developed countries experience as a part of their primary health care, has killed millions in our society and the government on different levels, are putting in effort to make it a part of the lives of Nigerians in order to reduce avoidable mortality.

Bill Gates, his wife Melinda and Dangote Foundations have commended Bauchi State Government over its giant stride in various immunization activities in the state.

The foundations particularly commended the state government for paying 75 per cent counterpart fund for the project.

The foundations made the commendation during a mid-year 2016 routine immunization Memorandum of Understanding review meeting held at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), Bauchi.

The Co-chair, Mr Bill Gates and and Alhaji Aliko Dangoate through a tele-conference coordinated in Bauchi, assured the state government that they would continue to support the programme.

Gov. Mohammed Abubakar of the state had earlier, said that his administration would sustain and strengthen all aspects of the routine immunization.

Abubakar said that he develop stronger partnership with traditional and religious institutions to enable primary health care system in the state to excel.

He said that the state government would emulate the policy of the federal government to establish one functional primary health care centers in each of the 323 wards in the state.

Abubakar said that the state government in partnership with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), was currently constructing 19 primary health care centers in the state.

The governor asserted that in spite of economic downturn in the state, the state government would fulfil its financial contributions to the routine immunization.

He also thanked Bill & Melinda gates and Dangote Foundations as well as development partners in assisting the programme.