Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has renewed the commitment of his administration toward improving healthcare delivery in the state.
Tambuwal said this on Wednesday in Sokoto at the closing of the state Council on Health meeting with the theme “Community Engagement as a tool for achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC)’’.
Represented by the Head of Service, Dr Buhari Bello-Kware, the governor thanked donor agencies and collaborators in the health sector for their immense support to overall healthcare delivery, stressing that the state ensures maximum implementation of health care plans.
He explained that the concluded three-day council meeting was aimed at reviewing performance, identifying challenges and constrains as well as proper solutions to ensure effective healthcare delivery.
According to him, government has made stride in rehabilitation and construction of hospitals and special treatment centres, training of manpower for professional conduct and provision of modern working tools.
He enjoined health workers to ensure more dedication on their duties and urged people to patronise the hospitals and treatment centres.
Besides, the governor urged stakeholders to continue to support the state and counselled participants to work toward implementation of the designed programmes and services for maximum success.
Dr Ali Inname, the state Commissioner for Health, said Sokoto had recorded significant leap in routine immunisation coverage from single digit of three per cent to 59 per cent.
Inname challenged the immunisation stakeholders to work harder in order to achieve 80 per cent performance of coverage target.
“We had single digit of three per cent but in the first quarter of 2019, we moved to 59 per cent. This important leap is the hard work of all stakeholders in the sector,” Inname said.
“Last week we received commendation letter from the National Healthcare Development Agency on the significant improvement in routine immunisation.
“The whole world now is focusing more aggressively towards achieving universal health coverage as a tool to achieving health for all.” the Commissioner said.
“Government of Sokoto led by Gov. Aminu Tambuwal has taken steps in establishing contributory health scheme as a tool to achieve UHC for all residents of Sokoto state,” he added.
He said government had ensured infrastructural development, facilities upgrade and provision of modern working tools.
Inname said the state council on health meetings was last held 10 years ago and described this year’s meeting as a landmark achievement of the Tambuwal-led administration.
“It is the resolution of the National Council on Health that all states should have at least one state council on health meeting preceding the National Council on Health meeting to review the challenges in the states,” he said.
According to him, the council on health meeting discussed policies and challenges bedevilling the health sector and come up with resolution that would improve healthcare services in the state.
He expressed optimism that it would play a vital role in delivering quality healthcare services to the people of the state.
The commissioner assured that the state would continue to abide by the resolution of the National Council on Health meeting by conducting state council on health meeting every year.
Representative of donor organisations, Mrs Nkiru Okoro, said they find it very important to support the state.
Okoro said it was a deliberate move to address key challenges in primary healthcare, secondary and tertiary healthcare services.
She identified challenges at each level of healthcare service that comprised inadequate equipment, human resources and community engagement.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the former Minister of Health, Dr Halliru Alhassan, and representative from Federal Ministry of Health, Mr Christoper Essein, spoke on the topic.
Edited by Muhammad Suleiman Tola