From DAUDA R PAM, Maiduguri
Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno State has reiterated government commitment to Bill/Melinder Gate and Dangote Foundations for timely payments of counterpart funding for effective routine immunization to rid the state of polio viruses.
He gave the assurance on Monday during a meeting with the delegation of Bill/Melinder Gate and Dangote foundations at the government house Maiduguri.
The governor said settlement of the counterpart funding is very necessary to enable the team embark on proper enlightenment campaign for effective routine immunization to areas that are inaccessible across the state and used the occasion to thank officers and men of the Nigerian army for their contribution in the routine exercise to make the state polio free and expressed optimism that with the military directly involved in the campaign train, Borno will achieve the desired objectives.
Prof. Zulum hinted that a law on National Health Insurance Scheme will soon be promulgated as a bill to that effect will soon be presented to the house of assembly, adding that, the present administration will do everything possible to bring health care delivery to the door steps of the citizens.
He also hinted that, within his three months as a governor, he has constructed 10 health care facilities in different locations in the state and promised to construct 10 more to cater for the health needs of the people and commended the two foundations for their untiring efforts in the routine immunization in the state.
The Governor used the forum to acknowledge the financial assistance by the two organizations, most especially Bill and Milenda Gates for consistently coming to the aid of the government, making possible for the effective coverage of inaccessible areas during campaigns.
In his remarks, the President, Bill and Melinda Gates, Dr. Chris Elias assured government of the commitment of their Foundation to work closely with Borno State Government to strengthen all efforts geared towards the success of the routine immunization to rid the state of polio.
In the same vein,the executive Director, Borno State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BOSPHCDA), Dr Sule Meleh, said there are still about 43,000 children in inaccessible settlements due to the boko haram bandits activities, but assured that efforts are being made with the help of the military to reach out to them.
He comended the efforts of the state government for prompt payments of counterpart funding, and also solicited for more assistance from the two foundations and local government chairmen for the next campaigns preparatory for the next routine immunization.
In his words of encouragements, the theater commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj.Gen. G . Adeniyi, said the command will use all available resources at their disposal to mobilize officers and men to support the initiative to see that all nooks and crannies of the state are covered.