By: Our Correspondent
KEBBI, North-West, Nigeria – Following the ongoing EU/UNICEF Hard to Reach Programme under the EUinNigeria Maternal Newborn Child health in Nigeria, (MNCHN) Project, no fewer than 1,050 settlements across the 21 Local Government Areas have been covered and provided with healthcare services in Kebbi State.
Briefing newsmen shortly after the EU/UNICEF team leaders and stakeholders visit to some hard to reach villages including Jadadi in Arewa Local Government, the facilitator of the Hard to Reach Initiative in Arewa LGA, Hajiya Ibrahim Hauwa Tahir said that out of the over 2000 villages designated for the project in the State, 1,050 settlements have been covered, through provision of. healthcare services for prevention and treatment of various illnesses.
She said that the aim of the programme is to assist the less privileged most especially in the remote areas where people cannot have access to hospitals.
Hauwa who is a registered Midwife, commended efforts of the EU/UNICEF for assisting people especially children and women to address their sicknesses.
She added that the programme has made significant impact on the people most especially in the treatment of Malaria, ring worm, reducing maternal mortality, polio and routine immunization, diarrhoea, antenatal and postnatal care, and other minor sickness.
“People commended the efforts of the EU for reducing the suffering of the masses on healthcare services delivery, we do register child birth in order to have good records of children born in communities and issue them with certificates, health talks and community Newborn Care among other services” she added.
Also speaking, the cluster consultant in charge of the area, Jabbi Mohammed who also expressed happiness over the programme, said the compliance by the people has been most impressive.
He said further that outreach program has helped a lot of people in the State because they don’t have access to the hospitals.
“We do conduct some tests to enable us identify the nature of the sickness they have been suffering from and people have been showing great concern and commitment to this programme” he added.
The village head of Jadadi, Abdulsalam Maigari, thanked the EU and UNICEF, the state and local government personnel for reducing their sufferings while seeking for medical care.
“We do hope government would sustain and expand this laudable lifesaving initiative,” he said.
Responding, the leader of the team and the Communication Officer, UNICEF Kaduna Field Office, Mr. Rabiu Musa commended the efforts of the health workers for ensuring that the healthcare services delivery meet the needs of the targeted beneficiaries in the state.
Musa appreciated the huge support of EUinNigeria to UNICEF for interventions in Kebbi and some other states in Nigeria.
“We are here to support and assess the work being done and are happy with the turn-out of people and the commitment of the health workers providing these services across the state,” Musa said.