By: HABU MAISHANU, Dutse
The World Health Organization (WHO) has donated 28 fleet of motorcycles worth N8.4 million to Jigawa State Government aimed at boosting surveillance, monitoring, and assessment of impact of strategies and activities at reducing disease burden, and tracking of progress towards specified goals.
Making the presentation to the Jigawa State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Abba Zakari Umar, the WHO state Co-ordinator, Dr. Sam Yenyi stated that the donation was to further enhance surveillance and build a highly sensitive and robust system of rapidly detect and respond to disease of epidemic potential.
He further cautioned Disease Surveillance and Notification Officers (DSNOS) on the need to intensify their commitments through visits to communities and health facilities, and linking with key community informants.
“Today, with the support from donors, WHO is pleased to make a donation towards Jigawa State Government efforts to further enhance surveillance, as surveillance is the core of disease control”
In jigawa, indices has indicated that there is tendency that six million persons especially highly vulnerable populations at risk of acquiring infectious diseases and facing other events of public health importance.
The distribution of the 28 motorcycles as per the list of their engine and frame numbers corresponding to the alphabetical order of the affected LGA’s are being presented to be issued to the 27 LGA DSNOs and state DSNO.
Ealier in his speech shortly after receiving the donations, the jigawa state Commissioner of Health, Dr. Abba zakari Umar after commending WHO for the gesture, added WHO donations was not restricted to the motorcycles but also supported the state with good supplies of CSM medications and investigation kits in preparation for this year’s probable and or potetial epidemic.
Dr. Abba higlighted least amongs achievements recorded by the Ministry in areas of disease control to among others provision of a monthly standing order of four hundred thousand naira to the epidemiology unit at state level and two hundred thousand at local government level, for LGA DSNOs supportive surveillance for prompt outbreak responses
Others include provision of Toyota Hilux vehicle to the unit for assessing every settlement where an outbreak was reported no matter how difficult or hard to reach is the settlement, among others.
He called on the beneficiaries of the 28 motorcycles to use them judiciously, and handle them with care for the purpose intended warnind that these facilities were donated strictly for the use of PHC managers activities to suport their output in surveillance and outbreak responses, assuring state government will support them with fuel and services maintenance cost for improved service delivery.