FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, says the FCT Administration will redouble efforts to strengthen routine immunization structure and primary health care landscape in the FCT.
The minister stated this at the FCT Taskforce meeting on Polio Eradication Initiative and Routine Immunization for the year 2022 in Abuja.
Aliyu who was represented by the Senior Special Assistant on Administration, Prof. Muhammad Usman, pointed out that FCTA through the Basic Health Care Provision Fund, was already rehabilitating the Primary Health Care infrastructures, engaging additional health workers and providing essential medicines to further strengthen the PHC sector.
The minister explained that the measures became necessary towards adopting relevant strategies on matters of routine immunization activities.
Dr Aliyu attributed succeses recorded in polio eradication to the significant contributions of all parents that complemented government efforts through making their children available for the vaccines in the last 7 years.
In his remarks, the Mandate Secretary, Health and Human Services, Dr. Abubakar Tafida, revealed that the secretariat would deployed 1,639 teams in 4 days starting from January 22 to vaccinate 1165981 under 5 years children in 2,837 communities across the territory.
Tafida, therefore, charged participants to identify numerous challenges facing immunization landscape at the FCT area council and community levels with a view to finding solutions to those challenges.
Recall that in 2015, Mr President personally signed the reviewed Abuja Commitments document on behalf of the Federation while the Chairman, Governors’ Forum signed on behalf of the 36 States Governors and the Minister of FCT to ensure a polio free nation with clear responsibilities for each tier of government.
By Remi Johnson