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Kogi is free from Yellow Fever in the next 40 years — Govt

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By Boluwaji Obahopo

Kogi State government has disclosed its plans to establish a model health centre in each of the 21 local government areas of the state to improve healthcare delivery at the grassroots.

Gov Yahaya Bello

Executive Director, Kogi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency ( KSPHCDA) Dr Abubakar Yakubu, who disclosed this yesterday at an interactive section with newsmen also boosted that the state concerted effort on yellow fever immunisation has yielded positive result that will curtailed yellow fever outbreak in the State for the next 40 years.

Dy Yakubu who briefed newsmen on the activities and success stories of the agency, said their has been a huge improvement on the fortunes of the primary healthcare system in the state.

He said in an effort to reposition the state primary healthcare system and make it more effective, an executive bill for the take off of the Primary Health Care Under One Roof (PHCUOR) has been sent to the state assembly awaiting passage.

He said, “When the PHCUOR becomes effective, it will bring all primary healthcare departments of local governments under the control of the agency for purpose of ensuring a single line of authority, better coordination, efficiency and effectiveness in healthcare delivery”

On curtailing yellow fever outbreak, Yakubu said the feat was achieved through the Agency’s collaboration with the Ministry Health and World Health Organization (WHO) as well as other development partners that conducted yellow fever reactive vaccination across the 21 local government areas of the state.

“In course of the continuous investigation on vaccination and feedback on yellow fever outbreak in the state, the agency scaled up the vaccination to cover all the 21 local government in the state.

“WHO was impressed and scored the state high on the success of the exercise. All things being equal, we don’t expect any yellow fever outbreak in Kogi State in the next 40 years.”

He also noted that the agency last year November successfully conducted Cerebrospinal Meningitis vaccination as part of efforts to boost primary healthcare delivery at the grassroots where the population is large, “Only last week, the agency inaugurated 21 Routine Immunization Officers (RIOs) as staff of Local Government Emergency Routine Immunization Coordinating Centre (LERICC).

“The intervention, would go a long way in improving immunization coverage and check preventable child killer diseases and as well, prevent morbidity and mortality in the state”

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