By Daniel Jolly, Bauchi
President Muhammadu Buhari has commended Bauchi State Government in its effort to eradicate Polio and improve coverage of Routine Immunization in the state and also comendeded the state for its payment of outstanding fund under the tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the state, Dangote Foundation and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on Routine Immunization
The president made the commendation while addressing stakeholders in the health sector and Governors from the 13 High Risk States on Monday 27th August 2015 at the Banquet Hall at the Presidential Palace in Abuja. He called on other states to emulate Bauchi and Kano States.
In a brief interview with Health Reporters, the Acting chairman of Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BASHCDA) Dr. Yahaya Yerima explained that the state government has paid One Hundred and Sixty Million Naira (N160,000 000) tripartite counterpart fund. He also added that the state has not recorded any polio case in the last 24 months.
Dr. Yerima emphasized that these achievements are reached as a result of the State Government and the current Governor Muhammed A Abubakar’s unflinching financial support for all the Polio Immunization Rounds since its inception.