…Approves N1.2bn for health commodities
…To focus on Borno, Yobe, Adamawa
The Minister Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has announced that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved a task force to rebuild North-east with mandate to restore the infrastructural facilities that have been ravaged by insurgency in the North- Eastern states within six months.
The minister made the declaration when he visited the Deputy Governor of Borno State, Alh. Usman Mamman Durkwa in war-ravaged Maiduguri, Borno State capital.
He said that the task force would look at health, nutrition, water and environmental challenges and provide quick solutions to the problems. The task force is been coordinated by the office of the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, while the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, is the Chairman.
Adewole said that each of the components, water, health, environment is headed by a minister adding that the Minister of Health is coordinating health and nutrition components of the task force.
He said the task force would work in Borno ,Yobe and Adamawa with more emphasis on Borno State. He added that budget for the programme had been approved, stressing that they were now developing work plan to swing in to action and provide the necessary facilities in the States.
The minister said that the task force would work under the umbrella of the Presidential Initiative for the North-East which would be inaugurated by the President Muhammadu Buhari soon.
He further said that the Federal Ministry of Health has provided health commodities worth about N1.2 billion to Borno State, the first consignment was for about N400,000 million and was already in Maiduguri adding that the second batch would follow later.
He said that the ministry would continue to partner with Borno State in the area of healthcare delivery. He added that the challenges of Borno and other North-eastern states affected not only the region but the whole country.
In his remarks, the Deputy Governor of Borno State, Alh. Usman Mamman Durkwa, appreciated the efforts of the Federal Government in re building Borno State. He also commended the Federal Ministry of Health for providing health commodities to the state.
He assured that the Government of Borno State remain committed to partner with Federal Government and Development Partners to ensure that Borno was rebuilt again. a statement from the minister’s office said.