Taraba Primary Healthcare Development Agency recently has scored 98% in the immunization compliance index and aims to score 100% compliance in upcoming ratings.This was disclosed by the Commissioner for Health, Innocent Vakai during the 2018 immunisation programme flagged off in Ardo-Kola Local Government Area by His Excellency Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku.
The Commissioner who was represented by the Executive Secretary of the agency, Alhaji Aminu Jauro Hassan in chat with Journalists in his office highlighted the importance of the immunization and other sundry issues that has enabled the agency record remarkable success stories.
While expressing gratitude to the Governor for his support and intervention in meeting the demands of the rural people, he stated that, “he has given us the enabling environment to thrive, support vehicles to help us carry out integrated support supervision, befitting office accommodation and constant and speedy release of funds.
“Most recently he gave marching orders to the Commissioners of Finance and Health respectively and my humble self to attend a meeting at the Federal Ministry of Finance where both of us signed on behalf of the State a memorandum of understanding with the World Bank in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health to provide “Hard to Reach” services to women and children.
“That aside, we also entered into an agreement based on the directive of our Governor on the Nigerian Health Investment Project Performance which we are piloting in Ardo-Kola. We are also planning to scale up two more services in Takum and Jalingo Local Government Areas respectively.” He stated.
Speaking of challenges faced by the agency, he disclosed that, “ Mind you we have 168 political wards, 1,004 health facilities, 568 routine immunization health facilities but the skilled manpower we have is not more than 4,000.
“If we have to rationalise, it will be inadequate to cater for our over three million Tarabans although over 75% of these folks are resident in the rural areas. We submitted our request to the Governor who recently gave the State Health Services Management Board the liberty to engage midwives and nurses.
On partnership he emphasized that,
“As an agency, we cannot work alone. We need dependable allies like WHO. So far WHO and UNICEF have been of tremendous support to us.
“During our last flag off of the 2018 immunisation exercise in Ardo-Kola, WHO donated 18 motorcycles for our disease notification and sensitization officers. Those were meant for the 16 LGA’s and SDA’s.
“Also, the Presidential Committee on the north east recently donated drugs worth about Twenty Eight Million Naira and donated albendazol suspension for school health programs.