From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano
The Global Fund for TB, HIV & Malaria is spending over N11 billion to eradicate malaria in Kano from 2018 to 2020.
The organization said it would continue to support the state in the areas of fight against Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and Malaria, in an effort to see to the healthy state in particular and the nation in general.
This was disclosed by Dr Ibrahim Faria, who is the Country Portfolio Nigeria, based in Geneva, when the body paid an advocacy visit to Governor Abudullahi Umar Ganduje at Government House, Kano.
Among the delegation were representatives from Global Vaccine Alliance and National Malaria Elimination Programme, who were also present to add weight and unflinching support to the visit.
Faria stated that, “we are glad the way Kano state is leading others in health care delivery system. This is quite unassuming and extremely encouraging. Your Excellency I can assure you that, you should always count on us Sir.
“We are targeting over 3 million children. Kano is densely populated, hence much attention should be given to the state. More so, the state governor is doing a great work in this area.”
He also listed some of the achievements recorded so far in the areas of TB and HIV/AIDS, adding that, “we were able to achieve the feats because of the good working relationship we have with the state government, under your able leadership, Your Excellency.”
In his remarks, Ganduje assured continued support from government, of all the activities of development partners, like Global Fund, National Malaria Elimination Programme and Global Vaccine Alliance, National Emergency Routine Immunisation Coordination Center (NERICC), among others.
“We need to do a lot in the area of TB. Probably and partly because members of the public are confusing TB signs with that of HIV/AIDS. There is a need for serious awareness creation campaign around that,” he observes.
To appreciate and encourage what the development partners are doing in the state, Ganduje appreciated that, “We are so conscious of the role each and every one of you is playing to better our lives. Kano being the most populous state, it could be vulnerable. But because we are doing our best, we are able to overcome many health issues.”
Reminding people about the issue of Polio eradication programmes, he said “With the special Grace of Allah, we were able to face the then lingering issue of Polio disease. Which eventually resulted into the huge success we got out of our fight against Polio, coupled with the special interventions we got globally.”
Ganduje added that, “for over over seven months, no trace of Polio in the state. We must therefore commend, the federal government and development partners. We are all working tirelessly to get Polio-Free Certificate next year.
“We have enough vaccines for total and absolute control of the Polio situation in the state. And we are doing our best to see to that by next year we are able to get Polio-Free Certificate handy.”
Dr Faria was accompanied by Dr Jo-Angelina Kolambe, Pharmacist Ayinde Olukayode, from the National Malaria Eradication Programme, Dr Boubacar Dierg, Nadila Nasiri, from Global Vaccine Alliance and Dr Oteri from National Emergency Routine Immunisation Coordination Center (NERICC).