National Assembly lauds nutrition intervention in Borno state

Gloria Essien, Abuja

FROM(L-R), THE WHO COUNTRY REPRESENTATIVE IN NIGERIA,DR. WONDIMAGEGEHU ALEMU,THE HON. MINISTER OF STATE FOR HEALTH,DR. OSAGIE EHANIRE ,HON. MINISTER OF HEALTH,PROF. ISAAC ADEWOLE AND THE CHAIRMAN,SENATE ADHOC COMMITTEE ON THE NORTH- EAST,SENATOR SHEHU SANI,DURING THE MEETING.

The Nigerian Senate Adhoc Committee on the North-east has commended the ministry of health’s nutrition programme in IDP camps in Borno state.

The Chairman of the Committee Senator Shehu Sani, during the review of mid – Term Report of the Health Nutrition Emergency Response Meeting in Abuja,  said the Health Nutrition Programme has greatly met the needs of the IDPs, though adding that much more was still required in the camps.

“Much has been done, but more needs to be done’’, he said.

In his response, the Hon. Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole said that the Ministry of Health would fast track its activities in Borno State.

He said that there was need for better collaboration with the National Assembly towards achieving successes in the North – East.

He expressed worry over the frequent treatment of diarrhoea at the IDPs Camps which he said was as a result of poor environmental sanitation and poor toilet facilities, adding that he would contact the ministers of Water Resources and Environment to ensure that there is conducive environment and access to clean water for the people.

Earlier, the Director, Special Duties in the Ministry of Health, Dr (Mrs), Ngozi Anazodoh, expressed the need for extension and expansion of the Health and Nutrition Emergency Response Plan in Borno State.

She further said that there was need to increase partnership and collaboration between Federal Government’s agencies, State Government, International Donors and other relevant Stakeholders in the Health Sector.

In his remarks, the WHO Country Representative in Nigeria,Dr.Wondimagegnehu Alemu said that the World Health Organisation would continue to provide Technical and Financial support to Borno state through health partners, stressing that the organisation would assist in clinical services in the IDPs Camp.

Rafat S.