Nasarawa State Government has restated its commitment to the fight against malaria saying it will continue to work with development partners across the world towards achieving its zero malaria goal in the State.
Commissioner for Health, Pharmacist Ahmed Baba Yahaya made this known while speaking during a town hall Meeting organized by Breakthrough Action Nigeria held at Primary Healthcare Centre Nassarawa Eggon, Nassarawa Eggon LGA.
The townhall meeting which brought together health workers, religious and community leaders and women from across all the Wards in Nassarawa Eggon Local Government Area, was to provide an avenue for the participants to brainstorm on complex health-related challenges in the State with special attention on zero malaria.
Speaking during the event, Nasarawa State Commissioner for Health, Pharmacist Ahmed Baba Yahaya said the essence of the meeting was to sensitize the stakeholders on disseminating genuine information on malaria to vulnerable communities with a view to eliminating malaria and other health scourge in the State.
The Commissioner for Health who was represented by the Acting Program Manager for Malaria Nasarawa State, Izzatu Yakubu Akwe reiterated the State Government’s commitment towards giving priority attention to the health sector by providing all the inputs needed from the primary level to the tertiary level of health emergencies in the State.
She emphasized on malaria control efforts and that people must imbibe the habit of sleeping under insecticide treated nets.
She expressed the gratitude of the Nasarawa State Ministry of Health to Breakthrough Action Nigeria and other development partners for complementing the State Government’s efforts towards health related issues across the State, urging them to sustain the tempo.
Also speaking, the Chairman Nasarawa Eggon Local Government Area Danlami Idiris Muhammad who spoke through the Principal Administrative Officer by name Yakubu Abdullahi, explained that the program was timely and that all the stakeholders invited to brainstorm on malaria and other challenges are very key in the quest to bring quality health care close to the people.
He also appreciated the State Government and development partners for impacting positively on the health status of their people.
On his part, Nasarawa State Coordinator, Breakthrough Action Nigeria, Mr Thomas Ohobu said the team was at the area to educate the stakeholders on malaria and to help the BA-N reach out to the members of the society on how to protect themselves from malaria and see ways of address some other challenges.
In an interview with some participants, the District Head of Wakama in Nasarawa Eggon, Chief Adams Maka Nangba and the officer in charge of Primary Health Care center Nasarawa Eggon, Jummai Amba said their participation in the meeting will help them to educate people at the community levels on malaria and what they can do to protect themselves from malaria, reducing maternal mortality and morbidity.