Written by Williams ABAH

FG spends over N4bn on humanitarian projects in North East

The Federal Government through the Ministry of Health has spent over N4 billion in the ongoing humanitarian services in the North-East.  

Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, disclosed this during the commemoration of the 2017 World Humanitarian Day in Abuja, last week.  

Adewole noted that the sum was used in purchasing relief materials including drugs and medical consumables, hospital equipment, capacity building and deployment of volunteer health workers, adding that a suitable approach was adopted solely to provide basic medical services to the affected population and strengthen the pillars of the health system.  

He affirmed that the ministry has responded to the humanitarian situation within Nigeria by strengthening the special project department and appointing a substantive director to coordinate health related response to the ongoing humanitarian service within the country.  

He pointed out that the ongoing humanitarian crisis was unprecedented and protracted with Borno State as the epic centre, adding that a broad North – East Health Sector Humanitarian Crisis Response Strategic Plan was developed with the primary objective of repositioning the health system within the region.  

The minister revealed that there was a Rapid Response Team tasked with the responsibility to develop a six months health and nutritional plan in Borno State to address the rapid decline in health and nutritional indices being experienced, adding that the plan was developed, approved, implemented and now been extended by another six months due to the giant strides achieved. 

He enumerated the achievements of the project which included Diagnosis and treatment of about 15,000 cases of malaria in host communities and IDP camps, provided about 4,000 women with family planning commodities in host communities and IDP camps, provided quality ante-natal care to 14,355 women and delivering 1,100 babies through skilled birth attendants.  

 

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