The UK Department for International Development (DFID) MNCH2 program has donated life saving drugs and equipments worth N200 million to Yobe government to strengthen maternal and newborn child health system in the state.
The medical equipments were handed over to the State Commissioner of Health, Dr Muhammad Bello Kawuwa, through the National Team Leader of the MNCH2, Mr Jabulani Nyenwa in Damaturu.
Presenting the equipment, Nyenwa said the donation was aimed at assisting the state government to sustain free healthcare to women and children under the age of five.
Nyenwa said they have gone round the state and identified the areas of need for intervention to complement government’s effort. "In couple of months, the commodities will be fully delivered to the state,” he said.
He called on the state government to make effective use of the commodities, while assuring continuous support to fulfil its healthcare vision.
Earlier, the state Commissioner of Health, Dr Muhammad Bello Kawuwa, said the consumable drugs and equipments would assist the state address areas of critical importance in healthcare delivery.
"That is why we are working hand in hand with development partners, both local and international, to improve health sector in the state. We are determined to continue working with MNCH 2 to achieve this goal", he said.
To further showcase, intervention of the organisation in some critical areas he said: “They supported us in building the capacity of our staff, which effectively turned around the healthcare system in the state".