By Ovat Abeng
Anambra governor’s wife, Mrs Nonye Soludo has assured that the current administration is keen on consolidating current milestones recorded in the state’s health sector.
Mrs Soludo stated this in her address at the 2023 annual surveillance and routine immunization programme performance review and award meeting organized by the Anambra State Ministry of Health in collaboration with World Health Organization, WHO in Awka, on Friday.
Part of the activities of the event was to honour individuals and transition committee chairmen that have supported primary health care accessibility in the grassroots, and have also done very well in promoting surveillance and routine immunization in their local domains.
In her speech at the event, Mrs Soludo explained that the present administration has made significant efforts in promoting childhood and other immunization activities in the 21 local government areas of Anambra State.
She mentioned the inputs of traditional rulers and transition committee chairmen in the just-concluded Outbreak Response one and two, noting that the local stakeholders showed excellent commitment by coordinating expanded health teams of their respective health authorities to improve vaccination rates in Anambra State.
She also praised the impact of implementing partners like World Health Organization, WHO, UNICEF and the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, and promised that despite the recorded achievements in state’s health sector, the present administration is determined to achieve more.
Earlier in his remarks, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Afam Obidike, hailed the the influence of the governor’s wife in the implementation of most health sector reforms in Anambra State, especially in the area of primary health.
In their respective remarks, the Anambra State Coordinator of WHO, Dr Abdulnasir Adamu, and the UNICEF representative, Dr Olusoji Akinleye, disclosed that Anambra State has performed so well in the national immunization ratings, primary health care index and maternal and infant mortality control, pointing to the impact of the governor’s wife healthy living crusade in the results.
Highlight of the event was the presentation of awards to transition committee chairmen whose local government areas won the challenge, as well as health workers who were adjudged to have performed optimally in their respective jobs.
The Commissioner for Environment, Engineer Felix Odimegwu, the Executive Secretary of Anambra State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Pharmacist Chisom Uchem, TC chairmen from Anambra East and West, Anaocha, Idemili South, Awka South, Nnewi North and South, were at the event.