Insecurity: Yobe engages local community to attain 96 % immunisation coverage




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DAMATURU – The Yobe Government on Thursday said it had achieved 96 per cent coverage in routine immunization in the state, through the engagement of members of local communities in areas with daunting security challenges.
Dr Muhammad Kawuwa, the state Commissioner for Health, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Damaturu.
“Government engaged locals in areas with security challenges to carry out the exercise, using health promotion teams for a follow-up to ensure that no part of the state was left out’’, he said.
The commissioner said government had not relented in renovating and equipping the 12 General Hospitals and eight Comprehensive Health Centres across the state, in addition to engaging specialised personnel.
“Government established a Primary Health Care Management Board to boost primary health care delivery, improve the 20 General Hospitals and Comprehensive Health Centres for the secondary health care sector.
“We are in partnership with specialists from University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital and Federal Medical Centre, Nguru, in Yobe, among others, to provide specialised manpower to the hospitals, and to make health care delivery accessible and affordable in the state.
“The ministry has also developed a human resources document, with short and long term plans, to address the personnel needs of health institutions in the state,’’ he said.
Kawuwa said government had been procuring N20 million worth of drugs and consumables monthly, to sustain the ”Free Drugs and Medical Treatment for Pregnant Women and Children” programme of the state government.
“It is gratifying that the Health Insurance Programme in six Hospitals and other deliberate measures adopted by government, had grossly reduced maternal mortality and child morbidity in the state,’’ he  said.
The commissioner said government had also procured drugs to combat outbreaks of diseases.
“We adopt precautionary measures, engage in surveillance, as well as ensure availability of drugs in case of any outbreak of diseases,’’ Kawuwa said. (NAN)