The European Union (EU) says it is investing N22 million in Kebbi State as part of the union’s Support to Immunisation Governance in Nigeria (EU-SIGN) projects to strengthen primary healthcare in the state.
The Immunisation Expert of the project, Dr James Attah, disclosed this at the official flag-off of the programme in Birnin Kebbi on Monday.
Citing the 2013 report of the National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) which said just 2.8 per cent of children in the state were fully immunised one year after birth, Dr. Attah said the EU-SIGN will help to improve the uptake of immunisation.
“The 2016 quarterly assessment of the Primary Health Care Under One Roof (PHCUOR) of the state was satisfactory in terms of governance and stood at 50 per cent because of the gap in the areas of repositioning, office space, human resources for health and system development,” he said.
Attah said the EU-SIGN expects “stakeholders to take advantage of the intervention to demonstrate commitments and in strengthening health care delivery system for efficient delivery of immunisation and other PHC services in the state.”
He commended the state government, traditional rulers, heads of agencies as well as other stakeholders for their partnership.
The state Team Leader of the projects, Dr Sherifah Ibrahim, said that the objective of the project was to contribute to reduction of childhood morbidity and mortality due to vaccine preventable diseases.
“Sustainable quality, routine immunisation services should be made permanent and available through effective PHC system,” she said.
Also speaking on the expected outcomes of the project she said the programme hospe to “improve the state and local government management systems and stewardship of PHC.”
She adds further that “we expect the projects to improve delivery of routine immunisation; improve information and knowledge generation for routine immunization, we also expect reduction of the spread of polio infection that was aimed at eradication of polio in Nigeria,” Ibrahim said.
On his part, the state Commissioner for Health, Alhaji Usman Kambaza, while commending the EU for its interventions in the state appealed for prompt implementation of the programmes.
The EU had previously supported the state with direct drive solar refrigerators, vehicles and computer equipment.