By: ALEX UANGBAOJE, Kaduna
The Government of Borno State on Sunday lauded the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for rehabilitating 166 healthcare centres across the state.
Executive Director, Primary Health Care Management Board (PHCMB), Sule Mele, who made the commendation in in Maiduguri, said the centres were some of those vandalized by Boko Haram insurgents.
He also commended UNICEF for providing enabling working environment, state of art facilities, logistics as well as stipend for ad-hoc staff who work in the centres.
Mele, added that the organization had also constructed additional buildings in some of the Health centres with a view to providing effective anti-natal care for expectant mothers.
According to him, some of the centres to include Mashamari PHC, Ngala, Banki, Zannari IDPs clinic, Njimtilo, Mairi, Bulabulin, Gwange, I, II and III, Gamboru, 505 Housing Estate, Jiddari Polo, Konduga, Auno and Yerwa.
“UNICEF is one of the first organization that came to support the government at the beginning of the insurgency, by providing clinics in the IDPs camps.
“The UNICEF’s collaboration with the state government has helped to ameliorate the multiple health challenges being faced.
“They support us with drugs and commodities and also logistics as well as engagement of some ad-hoc staff to run the facilities in Internally Displaced Persons camps and liberated areas” he said.
He explained that UNICEF was also committed to immunisation, social mobilization, and supplementary campaigns against disease outbreaks in the state.
“It was as the result of this strong collaboration that we are able to take primary health care services beyond the rural communities to the IDPs, and areas that are compromised, by providing makeshift clinics.
“A lot has also been achieved in Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM), leading to the drastic reduction of malnourished children in the affected communities.”