Governor Darius Ishaku on Wednesday flagged off the 3-day free Rescue Medical Outreach for the less privileged in the State.
His Excellency, the Deputy Governor Engr. Haruna Manu representing the Governor during the flag off.
At the event held at the State Specialist Hospital, the Governor restated the commitment of his administration toward ensuring the health and wellbeing of the people, by providing an effective healthcare service delivery across the state.
Represented by his Deputy, Engr. Haruna Manu, Ishaku called on the people to take advantage of the gesture and avail themselves at the designated centres for the exercise for their benefit.
The medical outreach which feature screening and treatment for common medical conditions prevalent in Jalingo and it environs such as Malaria, Diabetes, Hepatitis, Hypertension, HIV among others is expected to last for three days.
The medical outreach is also expected to breast and cervical cancer screening as well make referral for further management of serious cases to better medical attention.
Our correspondent reports that the event was attended by the wife of the Governor, Barr. Anna Darius Ishaku, wife of the Deputy Governor Haj. Zainab Haruna Manu and other top government functionaries.
World Health Organization’s (WHO) and Sight Savers has embarked on a free medical care exercise to the good people of the state.
Some health challenges such as Trachoma, Glaucoma, Catarrhal, Cesarean Section (CS), Diarrhea and Dysentery will be attended to.
The exercise which started from Gashaka and Bali LGAs with over 500 beneficiaries will last for a period of three years.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Musa Obadiah said that the program has been on for two weeks with the training of health workers followed by survey.
Dr. Musa said that the main problem that is being tackled is a disease called Trachoma (an infectious disease that affects the eye especially in childhood) that if not we’ll treated will develop to what is called Trichiasis (An ingrown eyelash) which may result to blindness.
“The infection has an insidious onset that the early stage is treated with antibiotics and at a later stage, it can only be corrected by surgery.”
“Presently, the surgery is going on for those with Trichiasis and those that are having the active infection, zithromax is given to them to remove the infection so that later in life they won’t have the complications that will lead to blindness.”
The Permanent Secretary said that most of the people doing the work are staff from the ministry of health with little support from partners like Mitosath, World Bank, Sight saver international etc.
“The training of health workers was done in stages. We have supervisors who are trained from the state level who in turn train the local government staff.”
“The local government will identify the problem while the external partners will do the surgery.”
According to Dr. Musa, the program is something that is done periodically but that the main issue is the containment of the infection.
He said that the sustainability of the program by the state government is sure because the health workers are from the state, the facilities being used is owned by the state government, the resources are derived from the state.
“The partners are augmenting while the state is providing.”
Similarly, maternal and child birth services, health talk in environmental sanitation, good portable water, prevention of kwashiorkor/marasmus among children, de-worming of children, good nutritional intake will also be rendered to the people in every community the team visits.
His Excellency, Arch. Darius Dickson Ishaku in excitement as he raises the award received from the World Health Organization (WHO).
According to investigations, over 300 remote villages in Taraba state has encountered medical outreach for the first time of their lives with Governor Ishaku at the forefront.
Even though Governor Ishaku faces reported stiff oppositional attacks in criticism, his administrative actions speaks louder than words
The Governor knows how important the health sector is to Tarabans and his blueprints for Taraba is beyond emphasis on who does this or who does that because he is concerned will the health posture of the state.
Though an Architect by professional, Gov. Ishaku’s health passion have now earned him an Award of merit, as “The Best Performing Health Governor in Nigeria” by World Health Organization (WHO).
Bagging a health meritorious Award of this kind is a great reputation which crystallize his good plans for Taraba.
A team of officials
from the National Emergency Maternal and Child Health Intervention Centre, and led by Dr. Ngozi Nwosu today visited Gov. Darius Dickson Ishaku to express appreciation for the numerous achievements of the Governor in the primary health care area in the state.
Dr. Nwosu came armed with a long list of Governor Ishaku’s achievements in the primary healthcare sector and read them out.
She said the Governor had proved to be the most committed to the prevention of preventable deaths of women during child delivery and children during infancy.
She said the delegation was in Taraba State on a sensitisation programme and decided to visit the Governor to show appreciation for all that his administration has achieved in the health sector.
Dr. Nwosu commended Ishaku for also being a leader among the state governors in the country in the payment of counterpart funds for collaborative health programmes.
Responding, Governor Ishaku said he took over as Governor of Taraba State at a time that health infrastructure were in a state of dilapidation and noted that he had to intervene with the reconstruction and re-equipping of three general hospitals in the three senatorial zones.
This intervention programme, Ishaku said, was also actively supported by General T.Y Danjuma Foundation with the building of one of the best maternity hospitals, the Rufkatu Maternity Hospital, in Takum.
He said the hospital has handled thousands of maternity and Child health cases from Taraba, Benue and even Cameroun.
Wives of governors of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has expressed dismay on intense level of violence against women and children in the country.
This is contained in a communique issued at the meeting of forum of wives of governors of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and signed by the wife of the Chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, Chairperson Northern Governors Wives Forum, Amina Abubakar and Chairperson Southern Governors Wives Forum, Besty Obaseki.
The governors wives pledged their support to the First Lady of Nigeria, Aisha Buhari and call for actions to be taken against the increasing rate at which women and children are being sexually abused in Nigeria.
They lamented that on daily basis there are cases of defilement of even babies of six months old, rape, domestic violence, sexual harrassment and even murder of women and children.
The communique expressed worry that women and children with special needs have also become targets of sexual violence even with the existence of laws at the federal level such as Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act, 2015 as well as legislations at state levels.
The governors wives said as cn the Inspector General of Police to direct the Nigerian Police to treat rape and defilement cases with speed and the seriousness such cases deserve in order to ensure justice for victims.
It added that police should be tactful and supportive in the handling of alleged sexual offences and take measures to prevent the intimidation of victims by families and associates of suspects.
The forum of governors wives also said rape and sexual offences desks should be created in police stations across the country where they do not exist.
It also states that the Attorney General of the Federation as well as State Attorney Generals should fast track cases of rape and defilement and set up special offences courts for rape and defilement cases.
The communique beseech the minister of health to ensure timely provision of sensitive and comprehensive medical services to victims of sexual violence.
It pleaded that all medical facilities be equipped with Rape Kits and Post Exposure Prophylaxis,PEP to prevent rape victims from contracting HIV & AIDS.
The forum further appeal to the national assembly, governors and state houses of assembly to facilitate the passage of laws to protect women and children from violence and abuse and urged civil society organisations and women’s support groups to continue to advocate on behalf of victims as well as provide all relevant services.
The forum implored the public to address issue of rape and sexual violence by supporting victims to get Justice and break the culture of being mute which prevent victims from reporting such cases.
The communique reiterated that as wives of governors, they are committed to using their positions to support all efforts aimed at mitigating the scourge.
The Taraba state government in collaboration with Catholic services, donated and disbursed over 2 million mosquito nets across the state in an effort to eliminate the spread of malaria in the state and the nation at large.
The wife of the executive governor was also during the occasion, decorated as Net Ambassador. Accepting the honour, Barr. Anna Ishaku appreciated the Federal Ministry of Health and the organization for choosing her as the Net Ambassador.
She said malaria being the most common challenge in the nation affects almost everyone and must be taking seriously.
Her Excellency promised to implore all possible channels and resources in making sure that this is done effectively, adding that she will mobilize others in the LGs for the crusade to spread to the nooks and crannies of the state.
Barr. Anna Ishaku stressed that she will make sure that the needful is done so that there will be no record of death associated with malaria in Taraba state and urged everyone to make themselves available and get the net so that they can be protected from this disease called malaria.
She said it is now the people’s turn to play their own part by collecting the nets since the government has just played its own part.
In his address, Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku said for the last four years, everyone will bear him witness that health has been in the forefront of his administration and this project is no doubt timely as it is complementing his efforts in bringing better health services to the state.
He called on traditional rulers to take this campaign seriously, so that it will be of benefit to Tarabans and appealed to the people to please visit the distribution centers to get one for themselves so that together, we can eradicate Malaria.
The Governor applauded the CRS for partnering the state on this very important project in eradicating malaria and promised to always support any course that will bring better health and well-being to Tarabans.
At the end of his remarks, Governor Ishaku flagged off the disbursement of the nets in the state and urged those responsible for it to be fair and just in the distribution.
The CRS leadership appreciated the Governor for his awesome support in making sure that this project is a success and promised to take the distribution to the remotest areas of the state.