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Gov. Ishaku Tasks Committee To Stop Pilfering Of HIV Drugs In Taraba

Gov. Ishaku Tasks Committee To Stop Pilfering Of HIV Drugs In Taraba

Dr. Innocent Vakkai Comm Min. of Health

Dr. Innocent Vakkai –  Hon. Commissioner for Health.

Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku has urged members of the state ART Programme Management Team (TAPMT) to work round the clock to halt cases of missing and
pilfering of drugs designed solely for persons living with HIV in the state.

The directive came from the governor through the state Commissioner of Health, Dr. Innocent Vakkai while inaugurating a twenty-three-man committee in Jalingo, the
state capital.

The committee is saddled with the responsibility of ensuring the reduction of the prevalence of HIV/AIDS from 2.9 to 0.1 percent in the state.

Ishaku who gave the directives through Vakkai, the committee chairman, said apart from ending the pilfering of HIV drugs, the committee will take the well-being of persons living with HIV seriously.

The committee has the responsibility of procuring, distributing and monitoring the movements of the drugs and efficiently distributing the commodity to health facilities spread across the state.

He directed that drugs should always be provided for both public and private facilities spread across the sixteen local government councils as well as the Special Development Areas.

While mandating them to always meet quarterly to get updates on achievements and challenges facing the project, he said the state government will always extend the desired olive branch to them to succeed in their assigned responsibilities.

Gov. Ishaku Receives Drugs Worth Millions of Naira from World Hepatitis Alliance (WHA)

Gov. Ishaku Receives Drugs Worth Millions of Naira from World Hepatitis Alliance (WHA)

Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku was presented with drugs worth 40 million naira from the Presodent of World Hepatitis Alliance, Prince Danjuma Adda during his visit to the Governor in government House Jalingo.

The WHA President, Prince Danjuma appreciated Governor Darius Ishaku for being the first Governor to kick-start a free Hepatitis treatment in the nation and disclosed that one person dies of Hepatitis in every 30 seconds world wide, hence the need for an emergency response on it.

Prince Danjuma Adda who is the first Africa to have risen to the position of the President, Hepatitis Alliance world wide described the Governor’s health initiative as encouraging and commended his efforts in sinking chunk of resources to fight Hepatitis, stating that the drugs he will be presenting to the state cost 80,000 naira per single treament dose and that he has over 100,000 of it and he presented some for free to the state government worth millions of naira.

Danjuma stated that he has gone ahead to plead with the organisation responsible for the distribution of these drugs for a discount from 80,000 naira to 30,000 naira to enable them collaborate with Taraba State Government in reaching out more to affected persons.

The Governor who in his response said he was very proud of the visit especially knowing that the President was a son of the soil, stressing that hepatitis is not an illness that will weigh one down rather it is one which will take one off feet unexpectedly.

He said that he never for once assumed that Taraba was involved in the case of hepatitis until the death toll of the state raised and he had to run an investigation just to find out that people were dying of hypertitise silently.

He thanked the President and the giant medical company who magnanimously gave the state a reasonable discount on the hepatitis drugs in other to bring the amount of affected patients to a very minimal level and said that the state is working hard in making sure that they totally eliminate this deathly illness.

While congratulating Prince Danjuma Adda for climbing the ladder to the position of President General of World Hepatitis Alliance, he urged him to keep Taraba’s flag flying high and assured them of his administration’s continues support in making sure that they succeed in making Taraba free from hepatitis.

Taraba Government Flags-Off Integrated Vaccination Campaign

Taraba Government Flags-Off Integrated Vaccination Campaign

His Excellency, Engr. Haruna Manu at the flag-off Ceremony of the Integrated Vaccination Campaign.

The Taraba State Government today (17th November 2021) officially flagged off the Integrated Vaccination Campaign.

The Flag-off ceremony which was held at Magami, Jalingo LGA got flagged off by His Excellency, the Deputy Governor, Engr. Haruna Manu who represented the Executive Governor, Arch. Darius Dickson Ishaku.

Engr. Manu stated that the vaccination program is significant to the Ishaku’s administration because it is the first time that three vaccines (Yellow fever, Measles and Meningitis) will be given simultenously.

He said that although some of these diseases are still on the rise in the country, the Ishaku administration is working hard with all relevant stakeholders including traditional and religious leaders to educate their people about the critical role of vaccines in containing and eliminating disease spread.

“We will continue to rely on your valuable assistance and cooperation in ensuring that this programme does not only succeed but is also accepted by our people”.


“For the avoidance of doubt, let me reiterate that the vaccines are free and have been certified as safe and effective against the three diseases”.

He thanked the development partners which includes; UNICEF, WHO, CDC, AFENET and all relevant bodies for their tremendous help to the government, stressing that the contributions have played a significant role in the enormous progress recorded in the state in terms of enhanced health services.

Engr. Manu encouraged the people to get vaccinated against coronavirus and to follow the essential precautionary measures as he lauched the comprehensive immunization programme.

– Muslim Aruwa.

Gov. Ishaku Calls On Northern Governors to Support Their Wives On Drug Addiction Victims Rehabilitation Project

Gov. Ishaku Calls On Northern Governors to Support Their Wives On Drug Addiction Victims Rehabilitation Project

Governor Ishaku Commissions Project

Governor Ishaku Commissions Project.

Taraba State Governor, Arc Darius Dickson Ishaku has called on Governors of the 19 Northern States to throw their weight behind the campaign of their wives to check drug addiction and rehabilitate victims.

Governor Ishaku made the call when he received in audience a delegation of Wives of Northern States Governors Forum led by Dr (Mrs) Aminat Bello, wife of the Niger State Governor, in Jalingo.

Members of the Forum arrived Jalingo on Tuesday for a strategic meeting on their campaign against drug abuse.

The Visiting Governor's Wives in a Group Picture with Governor Ishaku during their visit.

The Visiting Governor’s Wives in a Group Picture with Governor Ishaku during their visit.

The Governor described drug abuse in the country and particularly in the North as endemic and alarming and said the role being played by the Northern Governor’s Wives Forum was noble and must be encouraged.

He called on governors in the region to support the Forum to energize them to do more for their states.

Ishaku commended the Forum for their unique approach towards tackling the endemic problem of drug abuse and for the achievements recorded in the Northern States so far. He said posterity would be kind them for these achievements.

Chairperson of the Forum, Dr. Aminat Bello, wife of the Niger State Governor.

Chairperson of the Forum, Dr. Aminat Bello, wife of the Niger State Governor.

In her address, the chairperson of the Forum, Dr Aminat Bello, said the Forum’s approach of sensitising and rehabilitating drug addicts has given hope to thousands of youths in the North.

She said they were in Taraba State to support the efforts of Barr. Anna Darius Ishaku, wife of the state governor, to do more in rehabilitating victims of drug abuse.

In her opening address, Barr. Anna Ishaku said drug abuse was partly responsible for most of the crimes threatening the country today and called for support against it.

She thanked members of the Forum for coming to Taraba State to give support to her efforts at taking addicted youths out of the drug debacle.

She acknowledged and commended the role of her husband, Governor Ishaku, the Deputy Governor of Taraba State, Engr. Haruna Manu and many other officials of the state government for supporting her project.

Barr. Anna Ishaku had raised funds and built a drug victims rehabilitation centre in Jalingo which was commissioned by Governor Ishaku and handed over to the state government during the visit of the Northern Governors Wives.

– Bala Dan Abu
Special Adviser to the Governor;
(Media and Publicity).

Taraba Govt. Inaugurates State Taskforce on Immunization

Taraba Govt. Inaugurates State Taskforce on Immunization

The Taraba state government has inaugurated a taskforce committee on immunization that will serve as the central coordinating committee for all immunization programs in the state alongside other key sectors in the health industry like primary health care services as well as implementing all resolutions from the National Taskforce on Immunization.

The inauguration of the committee took place at the office of the Deputy Governor with him serving as the chairman of the committee amongst top stakeholders from critical sectors in the state.

The Deputy Governor explains further that it was important to know that members of the committee was composed of key drivers from all critical stakeholders inline with ministries, security organizations, religious organizations, traditional leaders and civil society groups, adding that their activities have direct link in one way or the other with immunization and other primary health care related services in our community.

He charged the committee members to take their responsibilities with utmost seriousness, reminding that they were not selected by chance but purely by their track records.

Manu reeled out terms of reference for the committee by charging them to always adhere to rules involved in selection of key personnel in IDPs (vaccinators, supervisors, ward focal points) to ensure that all personnel to be recruited met the laid down criteria.

He added that the committee will be charged with the responsibility of overseeing the preparation of budgets for timely allocation of resources to ensure smooth operation of immunization activities.

List of the committee members inaugurated includes; the Deputy Governor, Engr. Haruna Manu as the Chairman, Dr. Innocent Vakkai, Hon. Hauwa Kwena, Alh. Bello Yero, Hon. Johanes Jigem, Hon. Danjuma Adamu, Hon. Bala S. Bako, HRM Aku-Uka Kuvyo II, Dr. Shekara’u Angyu Masa Ibbi and Dr. Ebenezer Spake.

Other members include, Mr. Bitrus Nyaws, Rev (Dr) Isaiah Magaji Jirapye, Mal. Bashir Idris, Mr. David Nyah, Alh. Farouk Ismail, Mr. Dettoh Nganso, Moh’d Ahmed Azare, Nuhu Kutuna, Usman Waksha, Alh. Bashir Abubakar, Alh. Aminu Jauro Hassan and Dr. KennethTijp Mingeh as Secretary.

Covid-19 Vaccine: Gov. Ishaku Takes First Jab, Urges Tarabans To Get Vaccinated

Covid-19 Vaccine: Gov. Ishaku Takes First Jab, Urges Tarabans To Get Vaccinated

The Executive Governor of Taraba State, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has received his first jab of the covid-19 vaccine, indicating the official kick-off of the exercise in the state.

The exercise took place at the Government House premises Jalingo.

It is on record that the state has received over 56,250 doses meant for front-line health workers, strategic leaders and security personnels as well as others from ages of 18-22.

The vaccines were allocated after training of health workers from state, local government and ward levels were done.

The Governor, while speaking during the exercise, called on everyone to join hands with the state government in order to have a smooth vaccination of the Covid-19 rollout.

He urged the health workers to take advantage of this period to get vaccinated in order to guard against infection.

The governor said the alleged propaganda going round the social media concerning the effectiveness of the vaccine is not true because from findings, the vaccine is safe and effective and that is why he has been vaccinated.

He said prevention is better than cure as he urged the people to use this opportunity to get vaccinated.

He said over 75,000 people all over including Mr. President have been vaccinated with no news of any side effects so far.

The Governor appreciated his deputy, the Speaker and all front line workers who contributed and sacrificed in making sure that the spread of the virus was reduced to a minimum.

He again charged Tarabans not to forget the covid-19 protocol and urged them to continue observing them.

The Coordinator and development partner NPHCD, Dr. Mahmud appreciated the governor for his proactiveness in establishing centres and covid-19 technical committee since the breakout of the pandemic.

He thanked the governor for his hospitality since they arrived the state and went ahead to applaud the support rendered to them in going round and the establishing of centres.

The Executive Secretary, NPHCD Alh. Aminu Hassan while speaking said they in the agency are not surprised by the governor’s presence because he has always taken the health of Tarabans as his priority.

He called on Tarabans to support all frontline workers so as to have smooth vaccination across the state.