Kaduna State Governor commits to ensuring the welfare of women and children in the State
By Rabiu Musa
28 October 2008, Kaduna - The Executive Governor of Kaduna State, Architect Mohammad Namadi Sambo has said that one of the eleven point agenda of his administration is to promote the well being of every child in the State.
“The present administration will do everything possible to ensure that every child has the opportunity to enjoy the policy of free education, and for pregnant women and children under-five, our free medical care” the governor told UNICEF Chief of Kaduna Field Office during a courtesy call by UNICEF’s newly appointed Chief of Field Office to the Governor’s office.
The Governor said that in an effort to actualise free medical care, the State Government is releasing N100m every month and another N60m to fight malaria, adding that plans are under way to launch a campaign war against malaria in November this year. In addition, the State Government has procured a huge quantity of insecticide treated nets (ITNs) for distribution within the State.
Other steps being taken to ensure the welfare of women and children in the State and also towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) include the re- introduction of Sanitary Inspectors (Duba Gari) into the stream of the civil service to ensure a clean environment in all 23 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the State.
The Governor further stated that Government has embarked on the regular training of nurses and midwives as part of efforts to address the problem of lack of adequate health personnel to provide effective services in hospitals and healthcare delivery centres. Government also plans to establish 4 schools of sciences to produce scientists for schools and for healthcare delivery in the future. This will be supported by the construction of a 200 bedroom new specialist hospital, for which a contract has already been awarded.
The Governor described the resurgence of the Wild Polio Virus as a big challenge. He stated that his office has directed that every eligible child taken to hospital be certified as having been immunised against polio. As a policy to promote polio campaign and routine immunisation, the Governor also instructed that any child found not immunised be given the polio vaccine.
Governor Namadi Sambo described UNICEF as the driving force for his administration, admitting that some of the policies introduced by his administration are as a result of interaction with UNICEF.
Chief of UNICEF Kaduna Field Office, Mr Mugaju, stressed UNICEF’s readiness to work with the State Government to achieve results for children. He called on the Governor to use all the means at his disposal to ensure some key issues are given priority attention including the passage of the Child rights Bill, eradication of polio and improvement in routine immunisation, improved hygiene and sanitation practices and enrolment of more girls in schools to enhance achieving the MDGs in the State.
Responding to the issues raised by the Chief of UNICEF Kaduna Field Office, the Governor said relevant Ministries will look inward and act appropriately to facilitate the passage of the Child Rights Bill.