EFFORTS by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to reduced to the barest minimum, Child killer diseases among rural dwellers in Taraba state has no doubt began to yield positive results as Community leaders are pressing for the sustainability of the programme.
The programme which is aimed at eradicating polio and strengthening Public Health Care in the state was sponsored by the Global Affairs Canada, through the UNICEF in collaboration with Taraba State government, embarked on free medical services to Lanke-Lissa , Boutin villages in Takum Takum Local Government Council of the state.
Elated by the developments, village heads of the various communities visited said children domiciling in the areas ” are now living in good health following the consistent free medical services being administered to the children and women by the UNICEF and development partners to communities.
Reported cases of diseases such as malarial, polio, diarrhea, malnutrition among others, as made known by the community leaders, have drastically been reduced even in the entire hardly accessible in the Local Council .
Stressing their determination to give all the needed helping hands to ensure the sustainability of the programme, they urged UNICEF to extend the programme to both adults and the elderly persons in the Communities.
Rather than concentrating on children under the age of five, childbearing women and pregnant women alone , the community heads called for extension of the programme to both the adults and elders as it would go along way to put an end to preventable diseases in the communities.
Hassan Ale, a Village Head, reiterated their readiness to join forces with the local government in order to sustain the programme, a UNICEF and development partners initiative which Quick News Africa learnt would be terminated December 2018.
Speaking, the UNICEF Cluster Consultant. Hard-To-Reach, Dr. Obiekwe Chukuma, said apart from the aforementioned child killer diseases which the organization have being addressing, skin infection, injuries among other diseases are as well being cater for.
Chukuma who noted that UNICEF ” has found out that malarial, polio, malnutrition, diarrhea are diseases that are fast killing children” said ” we bring our treatment Intervention to them to make sure that all the children are covered.
Stressing that ” the drugs are time-bound” the health experts, as stated by him ” have been trained in discovering life threatening conditions” adding that ” once they see such cases, they immediately refers them to relevant health facilities.”
UNICEF , as made known by him would continue to ” our intervention” hence the need for both the state and local government to brace up for the sustainability of the programme,