Kebbi to dis­trib­ute free drugs to preg­nant women, chil­dren

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Garba Muham­mad, Birnin Kebbi

The Kebbi State govern­ment is to dis­trib­ute drugs worth N500 mil­lion to preg­nant women and chil­dren.

Com­mis­sioner for Health, Al­haji Shehu Aliyu Sam­bawa, who was rep­re­sented by the Di­rec­tor, Phar­macy in the state Min­istry of Health, Al­haji Has­san Maigandi, dis­closed this at a sen­si­ti­za­tion work­shop on ma­ter­nal mor­tal­ity and en­hanced child health care ser­vices or­ga­nized by Ad­vo­cacy Nigeria, an NGO in Birnin Kebbi over the weekend.

He said the drugs have al­ready been pro­cured and would be dis­trib­uted be­fore the end of this month, adding that nurses are set to help boost health care de­liv­ery in ru­ral ar­eas of the state.

North -west co­or­di­na­tor of the project, Ha­jia Safiya Ab­dul­lahi, said the project which is in part­ner­ship with the SURE-P, is aimed at han­dling var­i­ous is­sues on ma­ter­nal mor­tal­ity and child health.

She said Ad­vo­cacy Nigeria would li­aise with govern­ment arms, tra­di­tional in­sti­tu­tions and non- gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions to en­sure suc­cess of the project.

Ha­jiya Ama­mata Kwaido, a for­mer com­mis­sioner for women af­fairs, in a good will mes­sage, lamented that most of the new clin­ics and health care cen­ters in the state lack fa­cil­i­ties and doc­tors. She urged men to en­sure that their wives at­tend anti- natal clin­ics dur­ing preg­nancy.

PHOTO: ANTHONY MA­LIKI

A Ja­panese, Ko­hei Nakai of Tachibana Kinder­garten School, wav­ing a Nige­rian flag dur­ing the ceno­taph cer­e­mony of Peace Me­mo­rial Mu­seum, to be­gin the 8th min­is­te­rial meet­ing of Non-Pro­lif­er­a­tion and Dis­ar­ma­ment Ini­tia­tive (NPDI) in Hiroshima, Ja­pan on Satur­day.

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