Saka Bolaji – Minna
It has been revealed that over one hundred persons have died from the outbreak of cholera across the twenty five local government areas from April to date in Niger state.
This revelation was made by the state Commissioner of Health and Hospital Services, Dr Mohammed MakunSidi during an interview with newsmen at the sideline of the on going training workshop for journalists by Pathfinder International in Minna.
He lamented over the rate of open deification and waste disposal attitude of citizens especially the rural dwellers that is responsible for the annual menace of the disease.
Dr MakunSidi caution the people of the state on the preventive measures to contain the disease, urging the infected to seek for medical services from the public health services in their communities immediately anyone noticed diarrhea and vomiting.
He applauded Pathfinder International for the training as concerns the Family Planning and Child Spacing programmes that is key in achieving Universal Health Coverage as well providing technical support to the state.
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He explained that some of the challenges of Family Planning (FP) includes; running out of commodities, inadequate funds, insecurity in about 8 local councils, however assured to revitalized 100% of PHC centres through the state policy of ‘Niger Health 1.0 Plan’.
Saka Bolaji – Minna.
Niger state government has made budgetary provisions for easy access to family planning products and services to further cushion the practice of child spacing popular known as family planning.
State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Muhammad Makun Sidi made this known during a three day media workshop and field reporting trip organizer for journalists by Pathfinder International at Haske Luxury Hotel Tunga, Minna.
Makusidi who reiterated the state government’s commitment towards sensitizing the public on the need for child spacing explained that it has made other arrangements for funding of the projects.
He said the project has been in practice under the Niger State Primary Health Care Development Agency which he added has gone a long way in incorporating all the pillars of the practice including family planning in their services.
The commissioner attributed the reasons for lack of acceptance of the practice by both men and women to socio economic, ethno religious diversity adding that, the products are free and safe to all.
He lauds the efforts of pathfinder International for organizing the workshop in order to create more awareness on child spacing.
Also speaking at the workshop, the Executive Director, Niger State primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Ibrahim Dangana, said their has been an increase and improvement in the state’s family planning statistics .
He added that over the year’s, the state has moved from two hundred and twenty two thousand to five hundred and twenty seven thousand.
Dangana said the state government has also reach out to other international partners, in order to compliment the effort of the state government.
The Director appealed to journalists and Civil Society Organizations to consolidate on their effort in educating and enlightening Nigerlites on the importance of family planning.