By Bala Dauda, Damaturu
Yobe government, in collaboration with UNICEF, has begun enrolment of 7,000 zero-dose children for free healthcare services in Gulani and Geidam local government areas.
Dr Lawan Gana, state Commissioner of Health and Human Services, said this at a “ stakeholders engagement meeting on UNICEF support to expand population coverage in two zero-dose LGA’s of Yobe” in Damaturu on Friday.
Zero-dose children are children aged between 12 and 23 months, who have not received first dose of diphtheria, tetanus, BCG, polio, meningococcal and pertussis containing vaccine ( DPT-1).
Gana said through the partnership, 3,500 children from each area would be covered with a pre-payment plan to access primary and secondary health care services.
“ The children will be enrolled to receive full complement of primary health care services. When the need for referral arises, it will be made and it’s also free,” he said.
The commissioner noted that the programme would compliment the state Equity Fund Programme, which had since enrolled over 30,000 vulnerable persons.
On the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF), supported by the Federal Government, Gana said over 45,000 vulnerable persons were also enrolled in the programme.
“ This is aside another set of the 2,500 vulnerable persons supported by Bill and Melinda Foundation,” he said.
The commissioner, therefore, commended Gov Mai Mala Buni, the UNICEF and other development partners for their various supports in enhancing health care service delivery in the state.
In her remarks, Hajiya Fatima Mohammed, UNICEF Behavioural Change Officer, pledged more supports to Yobe to enable the state to achieve Universal Health Care Coverage.