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Gov. Ishaku Flags Off Health Insurance Scheme, Urges People to Register for Its Facilities

Gov. Ishaku Flags Off Health Insurance Scheme, Urges People to Register for Its Facilities

Governor Ishaku delivering his speech during the Flag off ceremony.

Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has called on the people of the state to register enmass in the contributory Social Health Insurance Scheme in order to have unfettered access to medical treatment.

Governor Ishaku made the call on Thursday in Jalingo when he flagged off the Health Insurance Scheme.

He told his audience at the event that his passion for the Health Insurance Scheme was fuelled by his visit last year to Rwanda. What he saw there, he said, was an excellent health insurance scheme which required the people to pay only a token in order to enjoy a wide range of healthcare facilities.

He expressed satisfaction that his passion for the scheme and determination to have it replicated in Taraba State has eventually materised.

The Governor directed the management of the the agency to initiate steps to ensure that the poor and the vulnerable are guaranteed access to the services of the Agency.

“We must ensure that the poor are not denied access to medical treatment under this scheme”, he said.

He also announced the plan of his administration to ensure that every ward in the state has a standard health clinic. This, according to him, is to take healthcare down to the doorsteps of the ordinary people in the state.

It was also an occasion for the Governor to recount some of his notable achievements in the health sector.

He said the administration has renovated three General Hospitals in the state, one of which has already been commissioned. The renovated hospitals have greatly enhanced access and qualify of medical services available to the people of the state.

He also used the occasion to remind the people that Covid-19 was still very much around and urged them to continue to observe the protocols for preventing its spread.

He said Taraba State was lucky to be among the states with the lowest cases of the infection and called for vigilance among the people.

Speaking earlier, Innocent Vakkai, Commissioner for Health, said the establishment of the Contributory Health Insurance Agency has come as one of the numerous visionary programmes embarked upon by the Darius Ishaku administration.

He expressed happiness that despite the delay in midwifing the agency due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the scheme had eventually materialised and urged the people to take advantage of the scheme to maintain good health.

“We’ll Ensure No Taraban Die of COVID-19” – Gov. Ishaku

“We’ll Ensure No Taraban Die of COVID-19” – Gov. Ishaku

Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku on Tuesday (22nd September 2020) said his administration was doing all it could to ensure that nobody in the State die of COVID-19.

The SSG, Chief of Staff and Head of Service all in attendance.

The SSG, Chief of Staff and Head of Service all in attendance.

To this end, Governor Ishaku said his administration was expanding testing and isolation facilities in the state to ensures proper handling of Covid-19 cases in the State.

The Governor disclosed this on Tuesday when members of the State Task Force on COVID-19 led by its chairman, Dr. Innocent Vakkai presented an executive summary of the activities of the Task Force to him in Government House Jalingo.

Ishaku told the committee that his administration was expanding testing and treatment facilities in the State for COVID-19 in preparation for the next phase of its campaign against the pandemic.

The Governor who attributed low cases of infection and high rate of survival of victims in the state to early and adequate preparations by his administration called on the people of the state to continue to adhere to the COVID-19 protocol.

“Efforts are being intensified to keep the disease completely out of Taraba State and to ensure that nobody dies as a result of it.

“My administration is expanding testing and isolation facilities in the state to ensures cases, when they occur, are promptly and properly handled.

“I want to commend members of the task force for a job well done and I will continue to support them to do more, ” he said.

Our correspondent reports that the state recorded 95 cases of the virus with zero death so far.

Covid-19: Gov. Ishaku Commission’s a Remodeled GeneXpert Laboratory

Covid-19: Gov. Ishaku Commission’s a Remodeled GeneXpert Laboratory

The Deputy Governor, His Excellency, Engr. Haruna Manu commissioning a testing facility at Specialist Hospital, Jalingo.

The Deputy Governor, His Excellency, Engr. Haruna Manu commissioning a testing facility at Specialist Hospital, Jalingo.

Governor Darius Ishaku  had on Friday 28/08/2020 commissioned a remodeled GeneXpert laboratory for testing Covid-19 within the Specialists Hospital Jalingo.

This testing facility adds to the number of treatment facilities the state currently has which can be said as increasing the capacity for managing COVID-19 in the state.

While inaugurating the new facilities, Governor Ishaku said that the state government had previously commissioned a 100-bed isolation and treatment facilities within the state, which he assured citizens of a sound testing center to be provided soon.

The Governor who was represented by his deputy, Engr. Haruna Manu, said today’s commissioning is in fulfillment of his promised while commissioning the 100 beds isolation center few months ago.

He added that his government will also provide sample collation centers across the state and they will be located at Ardo kola, Wukari, Takum, Gassol and Sardauna local government areas.

Governor Ishaku further said that the state’s COVID-19 technical committee will remain the central management emergency response by the state government and the need to test will be surveillance driven and based on a clear case definition, he added.



Covid-19: Gov. Ishaku Inspects One Hundred Bed Space Donation at the NYSC Camp Isolation Center

Covid-19: Gov. Ishaku Inspects One Hundred Bed Space Donation at the NYSC Camp Isolation Center

Governor Ishaku keenly listening to the Chairman of the state’s covid-19 team and Honourable Commissioner of Health, Dr. Innocent Vakkai during his inspection tour to the NYSC Isolation center.

Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku says Taraba State is lucky with the low record of the dreaded Coronavirus ravaging the global community.

The Governor stated this during inspection of the one hundred bed space at the NYSC isolation center at Jauro Yinu.

He said at the moment all positive Covid-19 patients have been declared negative except for the eighty eight Almajiris whose results are still expected emphasizing that efforts are on ground to trace their parents.

Governor Ishaku decried the lack of ventilators and other testing kits to ascertain the true numbers of infected persons and assured Tarabans of his commitment to establish three testing centers for robust testing.

The Governor frowned at the manner people are still finding their way to the state despite the lockdown and charged security operatives to discharge their duties diligently in all border communities of the state.

He expressed happiness that more people are now sensitised on reasons behind the lock down through local government Chairmen and other stakeholders and commended religious leaders for doing same.

Governor Ishaku said the gradual easing of lockdown was what made him to allow people to move from Wednesday and Saturday from eight o’clock in the morning to six o’clock in the evening stating that he will look at the lockdown but not now.

The Governor applauded officials of the mobile court set to punish offenders of the lockdown order despite available reports that some people are still flouting the order.

He stressed that only those on essential duties are allowed to move during the lockdown.

Governor Ishaku thanked Access bank for partnering with the state government for ensuring that the center is set up to fight Covid 19 pandemic.

27 Ways Governor Ishaku’s Led Government has Intervened in Curbing Covid-19 Spread in Taraba

27 Ways Governor Ishaku’s Led Government has Intervened in Curbing Covid-19 Spread in Taraba

1.) Setting up Committee on Covid-19 with the Commissioner of Health as Chairman.

2.) Introduction of total lockdown which compels everybody to stay home every day except on Wednesday and Saturday. Only workers on essential duties are exempted.

3. Empowerment of security agencies to enforce the lockdown and the introduction of mobile courts to prosecute offenders.

4. Setting up a bed capacity isolation center at the current NYSC camp which is at the outskirt of the town.

5. Sensitization and statewide broadcast on various media like Taraba television, Taraba radio, cable networks, state government website, social media and others.

6. Provided the following state emergency contact lines for COVID – 19 to the general public.
08065508675, 08039359368, 08037450227, 08032501165.

7.) Broadcast of Jingles daily to sensitize Tarabans.

8.) Tightening of the state borders with neighbouring states to prevent influx of people through Karim entrance, Numan Jalingo route, Sardauna Cameroon border, Wukari Benue, Adamawa Jalingo, Kurmi Cameroon border etc.

9.) Fumigated the NYSC Camp Isolation center.

10.) Distribution of food and Non food items to the 168 wards of the state, each received by its local government chairman.

11.) Supported both CAN and Muslim Council with finances to help in ensuring effective sensitization.

12. The 138 inter-state passengers who were intercepted and later quarantined were tested and confirmed cases among them admitted for treatment.

13. Conducted contact tracing of index cases with the deployment of additional resources and manpower in the state.

14. Distributed protective kits in the state against COVID-19.

15. A loan of 2.5 billion was approved by Taraba state house of Assembly for Gov. Ishaku to fight covid-19.

16. Liaising with neighbouring state governors to effectively protect porous areas of state borders.

17. Plans to bring in sophisticated Mobile testing Machine for Covid 19 to help speed up resting.

18. Made several trips to the Isolation center to ensure everything is working normal.

19. Have been receiving Organizations who visit the state to donate Palliatives like the NEDC, NYSC etc.

20. Gov. Ishaku received N100m worth of food and non-food items for 3,828 households from The Victims Support Fund of TY Danjuma foundation.

21. The Gov. Ishaku-led government is trying her best to curb further spread of the virus beyond the reported cases in the state.

22. Due to effective management, no single case of death as a result of Covid 19 has been reported so far.

23. The six people who were tested positive and reported by NCDC now test negative after treatment and have been discharged.

24. Gov. Ishaku is partnering with Access Bank to provide a-100 bed capacity isolation center.

25. Her Excellency, Barr Anna Ishaku provides food items and relief consumables to the aged and vulnerable Tarabans.

26. Introduction of school on air to teach students while at home via TTV and TSBS

27. The evacuation of Almajiris from Taraba state and receiving of same as agreed by the Northern Governors Forum.

Press Release: Gov. Ishaku Appoints New Director-General for TACA

Press Release: Gov. Ishaku Appoints New Director-General for TACA

The Executive Governor, Arch. Darius Dickson Ishaku has approved the appointment of Dr. Danjuma Garba as the new Director-General of the Taraba state AIDS Control Agency (TACA).

This was contained in a Press Release signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Hassan Mijinyawa and dated 20/02/2020.

Dr. Danjuma Garba who is a fellow of the West African College of Physicians, holds an MBBS Degree from the University of Maiduguri and a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Leeds, London.

He has worked with World Bank – Financial Projects for over fifteen (15) years and was the Project Manager of the Taraba state HIV/AIDS Programme Development Project II as well as the Director HIV/AIDS treatment, care and support of TACA.

Dr. Garba possesses wealth of experience in implementing healthcare projects in Nigeria and was the pioneer State Coordinator of the Nigeria State Health Investment Project (NSHIP) and was also the northeast coordinator of Nigeria AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAILS), supported by Maryland Global Initiative Cooperation and the University of Maryland, Baltimore, United States.

According to the Press Release, his appointment is with immediate effect from the 6th of February 2020.