The United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has commended the State Government on Primary Health Care service delivery, ranking Kwara as the topmost performer in PHC Delivery, being one of the areas of the International Organization’s interventions in Kwara State.
The Chief Field Officer of UNICEF in Kaduna, Dr. Ahmed Baba gave this commendation during the week, at the UNICEF Mid-Year Review Meeting with Kwara State, held at G-Pinnacle Hotels and Suites, Pipeline Road, Ilorin the State Capital.
Mr. Baba said the State Government has proven to be committed to the plight of the vulnerable individuals and the downtrodden in the State by playing its roles in the bilateral relationship between the UNICEF and the State.
He urged the State Government to keep up its commitment to ensure better living conditions of the people, promising that UNICEF will continue to support the State in its drive to eradicate malnutrition, poverty and other menace facing the State, especially, children and other vulnerable groups.
In his remark, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Planning and Economic Development, Dr. Yaqub Umar Jaja who was represented by the State Director Planning, Alh. Alimi Surajudeen, reiterated that the present administration under the leadership of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, will continue in its effort to eradicate malnutrition, poverty and other challenges facing the disadvantaged members of the State.
Dr. Jaja particularly have kudos to UNICEF for its immense contributions to the State’s health sector, acknowledging the fact that it has proven to be committed to the well-being of the children and vulnerable in the State.
He also appreciated UNICEF for the current intervention in the health sector through the training on Annual Operating Plan and the Development of the Plan and Procurement Zip-lock for Outbreak Response Campaign, adding that UNICEF intervention in the social sector include support for Community Rehabilitation, Reintegration and Access to Justice for children at the grassroots in five different communities in Ilorin-West Local Government Area of the State.
Also speaking, the Executive Secretary, Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Nusirat Elelu said that the the Mid-Year Reviewy meeting is fundamental to holistically track the activities of the State in areas of UNICEF interventions, to identify challenges so as to chart a way forward.
She noted that Kwara State Government has been committed to ensuring continuous partnership with UNICEF as the counterpart-fund are paid as and when due, noting that the State’s indices in terms of performance have also greatly improved in Primary Health Care Delivery in addition to the support the State is receiving from UNICEF.