by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Adamawa State has been chosen as first among five states, based on its commitment to healthcare.
In a separate goodwill messages, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, and the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, commended the governments of the six states for “giving priority to the health sector.”
A statement was signed and issued to newsmen in the state recently by the Press Secretary to the Governor, Humwashi Wonosikou.
National Primary Health Care Management Agency also commended the efforts of State Government over its support and commitments in the improvement and performance of routine immunization and other primary healthcare services.
Speaking also at the ceremony in Abuja, Federal Capital Territory was Director-General of the agency, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, who described Adamawa as “best performing state in routine immunization and Covid-19 vaccination.”
Dr. Shuaib expressed hope that, the recognition would encourage Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of the state to continue in providing support to primary healthcare and routine immunization programmes in the state.
Governor Fintiri, in his response, assured of his administration’s commitment to continue to provide quality healthcare services for the residents of the state.
According to him, the desire of the government towards meeting the health needs of its people is the reason of his administration to invest huge resources in the sector.
While appreciating the commitment of frontline health workers in the state, who worked tirelessly to attract the recognition, the governor reassured that his administration would not leave anything to chance until every citizen is touched.
Speaking on the upgrading of Primary Health Care facilities in rural areas across the state as well as General Hospitals and the provision of Cottage Hospitals in those areas that hitherto did not have any, he said it was because their dilapidation has been responsible for deaths in the past, describing it as unacceptable.
The governor noted that, they are indeed elated that their continuous strive for excellence is once again being recognized, adding, “We have never been more convinced about this purpose, which we consider a higher calling, than during a period like this with the pandemic ravaging the world, and the Health Sector will always remain a priority for us.”