From Umar Danladi Ado, Sokoto
Sokoto State Government in collaboration with USAID and Break Through Action Nigeria(BA-N) has flagged -off one week programme on Maternal Newborn Child Health across the 23 local government areas.
The programme was aim at improving the health of pregnant women and children between the ages of 0-5 across the state.
Flagging off the programme for the second round for 2021, the State Commissioner, Ministry of Health, Dr. Muhammad Ali Inname at Primary Health Center Arkilla,in Wamakko Local g
Area today, said Sokoto gives adequate priority to peoples health hence allocating 15 per cent of the State budget to health.
Dr. Inname who was represented by the Special Adviser to Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal on Primary Health Care, Alhaji Abubakar Chika Umar, added that “the programme through the State Primary Health Care Development Agency (SSHCDA) targeted newborn children from day one to 59 months and all the pregnant women so all those within this range are expected to come and benefit with the programme.”
The commissioner therefore called on parents and traditional rulers to embark on massive sensitisation campaign especially to husbands on the need to allow their wives and children to visit hospitals for what ever case so as to get solutions to their medical problems.
He therefore assured that the state is ever ready to engage stakeholders on the importance of good health for its citizens.
Earlier, speaking on behalf of USAID and BA-N, the state acting Coordinator, Nura Aminu had urged the people of the state to take advantage of the exercise and avail themselves in the collective quest towards having a healthy society for all.
Also, the UNICEF Nutrition Officer, Mrs. Ngozi Mabel Chukwu, congratulated the state on the implementation of the second round of maternal newborn child health week.
In his remarks, the State Executive Secretary of SSHCDA, Alhaji Adamu Abdullahi Romo, said the week for maternal newborn child health is in line with his agency’s consistent dedication to securing the future of humanity.
Alhaji Bello Halliru Guiwa , Council Chairman, Wamakko Local Government Area, assured support to achieve desired goals.