By Asma’u Ahmad
The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) in partnership with Canadian Government and Taraba Primary Health Care Agency, have embarked on a free health care project tagged ‘Hard to Reach’ at Suriwa Village of Taraba State.
Head of Bauchi Field Office of UNICEF, Alhaji Abdullahi Kakai, who made this known while speaking with newsmen in Jalingo, Taraba state capital, said the project was targeted at children, women and the less privileged men in rural communities.
Alhaji Kaikai said the areas to be covered are; immunisation, polio, nutrition, malaria and community mobilisation.
He said the UNICEF and the Canadian Government had provided enough drugs for the exercise which would go round all the rural communities in the state.
The UNICEF official said that 450 medical and health workers had been employed and trained on how to work in areas with difficult terrains that have no health facilities.
“They were also trained on how to educate the local populace on cases of maternal mortality across the 350 localities in the state,” Kakai said.
In his remark, Governor Darius Ishaku, pledged full support of the state government towards the success of the project.
Governor Ishaku said the state government had committed N96 million counterpart funds to ensure that the citizens of the state got medical care in line with his rescue mission.
The governor donated a HILUX VAN to the medical team for the transportation of drugs and other facilities to the project sites, adding that the state government would provide offices and furniture for the comfort of the workers.