From Joy Abel, Bauchi
The Bauchi State government has officially launched a state five-point health agenda tagged “Lafiya Garkuwa” with free drugs to children under the age of five years to mark its hundred days in office.
Governor Mohammed Abubakar who flagged off the launch at the Government House Banquet Hall in Bauchi, reiterated the commitment of his administration to promoting and strengthening health care services in the state.
Governor Abubakar listed the five-point health agenda for the state to include strengthening primary healthcare and routine immunization in the state, ensuring access for children and mothers to reproductive, maternal newborn and child health services , improving funding of health sector, provision of access to quality cost effective, life-saving drugs and motivating health workers for effective service delivery.
He noted that his administration was considering a bill to establish the Bauchi State Health Insurance Agency that will improve coverage and access to health services.
Abubakar said within the first 100 days in office, his administration has approved the payment of N160 million counterpart funding of the memorandum of understanding with the Bill and Melinda Gates and Dangote foundations for routine immunisation.
Other health achievements, according to Governor Abubakar, include revitalizing sustainable plan for midwives intelligent programmes of SURE-P, sponsorship of 15 staff of school of nursing for further studies overseas, fuelling of generators in general hospitals in the state, procurement of essential drugs worth N87million for the state health revolving scheme, amongst others.
In his address, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Abubakar Usman, pledged the commitment of his ministry to supporting the state government’s five-health point agenda and rid the state of communicable diseases.