By Sammeni Kamsobbi
Stakeholders in the Health sector have made a case on the need for urgent recruitment of health workers in Adamawa state to bridge the existing gap of personnel in the health sector for effective service delivery.
This was brought forward during the state task force on Primary Healthcare meeting under the leadership of Deputy Governor Professor Kaletapwa Farauta.
The meeting held at Government House Conference hall on Tuesday, was to reflect on the conduct of the health activities in the last quarter, successes recorded, challenges that were encountered and the way forward in the year 2024.
The Adamawa State Deputy Governor, who also doubles as the Chairperson Task Force Committee on Primary Healthcare and Immunisation, Professor Kaletapwa Farauta has urged the PHC Workers to remain steadfast and commit to making good use of this enabling environment created for the rendering of quality health care service.
Farauta said the last rounds of immunization exercise conducted in October, November and December 2023 recorded over 100% success, attributing the achievement to individual and collective effort towards various primary healthcare activities.
Professor Keletapwa stressed the need to sustain high coverage rate of routine immunizations and conduct of periodic national immunization plus days to build the needed immunity of people for Nigeria to maintain its wild polio free status as certified in 2020, reassured of governments determination and commitment towards improving the health status and well being of the citizens.
Professor Farauta also acknowledged the contributions of stakeholders in the feats achieved during the maternal newborn and child health week, noting that all the key primary healthcare interventions are provided to all eligible persons, mothers, pregnant women, children among others.
Earlier, the State Commissioner of Health and Human Services, Felix Tangwami commend the efforts of Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri for his untiring support to the health sector and to everyone involved which according to him, this has continued to motivate them to do more by ensuring people get access to health services, a panacea for healthy society.
The State Executive Chairman Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Suleiman Saidu Bashir assured the sustainability of the campaigns to ensure health services reaches nooks and cranny of Adamawa despite some challenges.
He made emphasis on the shortage of man power which according to him has continued to militate against effective service delivery.
Dr. Ahemen Teseer, World Health Organisation State Co-ordinator who spoke on behalf of the Partners commended the performance on the field, pledging more support for desired coverage.
Other stakeholders highlighted inadequate number of vaccination teams and support to reach security compromised and hard to reach settlements, lack of support for effective supervision at local government levels among others as some of the challenges faced.
Stakeholders cut across the 21 Local Government Chairmen, Security Outfits, Development Partners, Religious and Traditional leaders among other key players in the health sector were in attendance.