Zamfara State Government says it suspects a case of Monkeypox in the state
The government also says it has taken strict measures to ensure the prevention of the disease in all communities.
State Commissioner for Health, Aliyu Abubakar revealed this during a roundtable with the media and development partners organized by the Zamfara State Primary Health Care Council in Gusau, the capital. of State.
Represented by Ministry Permanent Secretary Aliyu Mohammed Maikiyo, the Commissioner adds that all hands are on deck to ensure the safety of all residents against any disease.
He says the Zamfara state government leaves nothing to chance to ensure virus-free communities
“We have a case which we suspect to be Monkeypox, but the test is still ongoing and we cannot confirm it at this time” Maikiyo
“As a government, we have done a lot and are doing more to educate our people against monkeypox and other diseases,” he added.
Zamfara government says plans are underway to acquire drones that will help deliver medical consumables to hospitals in troubled areas
Authorities say insecurity at the event is one of the main challenges to ensuring full health coverage in the state
“We are already in talks with an organization to obtain drones that will facilitate our work”
“The Matawalle-led government is committed to ensuring that every community in the state benefits from its plan to provide good health coverage,” Maikiyo said.
The Zamfara State Ministry of Health informed the assembly that the state’s twenty-two general hospitals are fully functional and providing comprehensive services.
According to him, Zamfara State has one hundred and fifty-seven primary health care centers in the fourteen local government areas of the state.
“All of our PHCs are functional except those in communities with security issues that our staff could not reach”
“The government has also donated surveillance vehicles to all hospitals and primary health care centers in the state”
Earlier in his welcome address, the Executive Secretary of the Zamfara State Primary Health Care Board, Sama’ila Tukur, said that the media plays a vital role in educating and sensitizing the public on the health issues.
Dr. Tukur noted that without the media, the successes recorded would not have been possible.
“The media has played a vital role in our successes so far, and we are still doing more. As a board, we are great,” he said.
He insists that the state government has settled all of its founding counterparts and this has also contributed to the increased acceptance of vaccines in rural areas.
The Executive Secretary of the Zamfara PHCB further informed the meeting that development partners contribute only 40% of the total funding for the health sector.
On the Monkeypox issue, he urged leaders at all levels to join the government and step up the awareness and awareness campaign among their people.
The roundtable brought together members of the press, UNICEF, ZPHB staff among others.