The Governor of Zamfara state, Abdulaziz Yari, has pledged to sustain activities of the Maternal Newborn and Child Health programme (MNCH2) in the state.
The Governor made the pledge during an engagement with key stakeholders including the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole and Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Faisal Shuaib , in a bid to tackle the current meningitis outbreak in his state.
Yari who promised to sustain the interventions of the programme after it exits. assured that life saving drugs and commodities will continue to be made available to women and children in the state for free.
He also gave approval to partnership talks between the state and the Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics of Nigeria (SOGON) for the operationalization of the Volunteer Obstetrics Scheme (VOS) and the Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance Review (MPDSR).
While briefing the Governor on the activities of the programme in the state,National Team Leader, Dr. Salma Anas-Kolo encouraged the governor to employ graduates of the community midwifery programme in order to bridge the human resource gap in the state’s health system.
She also urged the federal government to support MNCH2 by making drugs available for the treatment of meningitis patients across the 14 LGAs of the state.
Zamfara is one of six states in the country supported by the MNCH2 programme including Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, Jigawa, and Yobe.