The Executive Chairman of Adamawa State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Batulu Muhammad, said the agency needed more technical staff to enhance primary healthcare delivery across the state.
Muhammad made this known Monday while speaking at the state’s launching of 2019 first round of Maternal Newborn and and Child Health Week Campaign (MNCH) in Pella, Hong Local Government Area.
Muhammad said the shortage of staff was a serious challenge to the agency and the state government having shown renewed commitment to transforming the health sector needed to approve the recruitment of staff to fill existing vacuum.
Muhammad said the MNCH week was to strengthened health system and increase coverage and capacity of health workers to deliver quality services.
She said the week long campaign would feature routine immunisation against childhood killer diseases, screening of acute malnutrition and administration of vitamin A.
She added deworming, provision of antenatal care, HIV/AIDS testing and counseling as well as health education messages on key house hold practices.
“To ensure successful conduct of this campaign exercise, Adamawa Ministry of Health Saving One Million Lives programme in collaboration with the agency and our partner agencies have completed training of various cardres of personnel at state, LG and Ward levels for the exercise,”Muhammad said.
In his address, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health, Mr Kennedy Bartimaus, urged parents to ensure their children did not miss the opportunity.
He raised concern over outbreak of gastroenteritis in few communities in the state and urged for proper hygiene to contain the spread.
In his remarks, the District Head of Pella, Alhaji Saleh Mamman, expressed joy for the selection of his area to launch the campaign and assured that the exercise would record a remarkable success in the area.
Mamman said adequate mobilisation had been made for a hitch free exercise.
Flagging-off the exercise, Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri assured parents of the benefits of the exercise and urged them to avail their wards for the prevention programme.
Fintiri whose speech was read by the House of Assembly Speaker, Alhaji Aminu Iya-Abbas, urged all stakeholders to work toward a successful exercise.
“I want the general public to understand the importance of our children being healthy, because the future of our dear state and the nation at large lies in their hands.
“To avoid regrets, lets prevent,” Fintiri said. (NAN)