DUTSE, North-West, Nigeria – The World Health Organization (WHO), has donated health facility worth N8.4 million to Jigawa State to boost surveillance, monitor and control of outbreak of communal diseases.
Even as six million persons especially highly vulnerable populations were at risk of acquiring infectious diseases and facing other events of public health importance.
The facility includes twenty eight fleet of motorcycles and medications among others.
Presenting the donation to the Jigawa state Commissioner of Health, Dr. Abba Umar, the WHO State Co-ordinator, Dr. Sam Yenyi said the donations is to further enhanced surveillance and build a highly sensitive and robust system to rapidly detect and respond to disease of epidemic potential.
He cautioned the Disease Surveillance and Notification Officers (DSNOS), on the need to intensify their commitments through visits to communities and health facilities, and linking with key community informants.
“Today, with the support from donors, WHO is pleased to make a donation towards the Jigawa State Government’s efforts to further enhanced surveillance, as it is the core of disease control,” he said.
The distribution of the twenty eight motorcycles according to the list of their engine and plate numbers in alphabetical order of the affected Local Government Areas were issued to the 27 LGA DSNOs and state DSNO.
Earlier, in his speech shortly after receiving the donations, the State’s Commissioner of Health, Dr. Umar commended the WHO for the kind gesture.
He said the WHO donations is not restricted to the motorcycles, but also supported the state with good supplies of CSM medications and investigation kits in preparation for this year’s probable and or potential epidemic.
Dr. Umar higlighted achievements recorded by his Ministry in areas of disease control to includes; provision of a monthly standing order of N400,000 to the Epidemiology Unit; N200,000 for LGA DSNOs supportive surveillance and N200,000 for prompt outbreak responses.
Others are; provision of Toyota Hilux vehicle to the Unit for assessing every settlement where an outbreak was reported no matter how difficult or hard to reach settlements among others.
He called on the beneficiaries of the 28 motorcycles to use them judiciously, and handle them with care for the purpose intended.
He warned that the facilities are donated strictly for the use of PHC managers’ activities to aid their output in surveillance and outbreak responses; assuring that the State Government will support them with fuel and maintenance cost for improved service delivery.