In a bid to play its role to kick out polio in the state, the Bauchi state government has paid N100 million as part of its share to the basket fund for 2017 Routine Immunisation. The other party include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Governor M. A. Abubakar disclosed this today at the inauguration ceremony of the governing Board of State Primary Healthcare Development Agency held at banquet hall, government house Bauchi. The Governor was represented by the secretary to the state government Alhaji Bello Shehu Ilelah.
The Governor also challenged the newly inaugurated board to work hard to improve the health status of the citizenry, stressing that deliberate effort was made to ensure only competent and experience hands were appointed . He congratulated the new chairman and his members urging them to consider it as an opportunity to contribute their quota to state and nation building.
Responding on behalf of the new board, the Chairman State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Pharmacist Adamu Ibrahim Gamawa commended the Governor for releasing the N100M counterpart funds in line with the agreement with Bill and Melinda Gates foundation to conduct routine immunization.
The 22 Man primary health care development agency governing board has Phar. Adamu Ibrahim Gamawa as its Chairman and representatives from health professional bodies as members.
Gov. Abubakar was commended last year by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as the Dangote Foundation for efforts made in the fight against polio. The payment of N100 million counterpart funding is seen by all stakeholders as timely in building on the success of last year.