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Rotary donates three mobile clinics to FG for polio eradication

By Beta Nwaosu, Abuja   |   06 August 2015   |   1:08 am  
Polio

The victim of the last confirmed case of Wild Polio Virus (WPV) in Nigeria, in Rimi Village of Sumaila Local Council of Kano State being carried by Executive Director National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Ado Gana Muhammad, while the Executive Sectary Kano State Primary Health Care Board, Dr. Shehu Abdullahi (left), and others look on, yesterday, during a courtesy visit by the NPHCDA team to the family

ROTARY International has donated three mobile clinics valued at N20 million to hasten the total eradication of polio and boost health care delivery in less privileged areas in the country.

While making the presentation to the Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Ado Muhammad, yesterday in Abuja, District Governor, Rotary 9125, Dr. Mike Omotosho, said that the donation of the mobile clinics goes beyond the cost but the significance of it, noting that the mobile clinics were bought through donation from Rotary international, District 9125, Rotary Foundation, and Rotarians in India.

His words: “ It is so much about the cost but the significance that we understand the plight of the people. They have other needs beyond polio eradication alone, so that even after polio eradication, they will appreciate the health care we have been able to bring to them in their communities.”

He said the mobile clinics will aid health workers to go round many communities as possible, have access to places that are hard to reach and where ordinarily health care services would not be available.

Chairman, Nigerian National Polio Plus Committee, Dr. Tunji Funsho, said the mobile clinics would assist in ensuring that no child is missed.

His words: “ We will start this as a pilot project, see how well it works, go further and see what else we can do.” Funso noted that the mobile clinics will give the opportunity the people deserve to seek primary health even if its from time to time rather than t been totally absent, adding, “to get us to that end of this journey to eradicate polio by 2017.”

On receiving the keys to the mobile clinics, the Executive Director, NPHCDA, Dr Ado Muhammad commended Rotary and the Federal Government for taking the initiative to facilitate the eradication of polio in the country.

Stressing the need for the mobile clinics, he said “ the clinics will be deployed there to address their first health needs, treat malaria, antenatal care, health education, treatment of basic ailments as a platform to attract them to come to us and to administer polio vaccine.”



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