By Peter Uwumarogie
The items would be distributed to 32 primary health care (PHC) centers in two local government areas of the state.
Dr Bajowa Lanre, Gombe State Program Officer, UNFPA, while delivering remarks at the event to the Doma community in the metropolis of Gombe, said the donation was intended to help fight the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Lanre said the pandemic had affected sexual reproductive health and the reduction in family planning.
He added that the pandemic had also curtailed efforts to end gender-based violence and ensure zero maternal mortality and harmful traditional practices.
“The pandemic has reduced access to essential services which save lives in particular, in accordance with this, the provision of these items will improve access to essential services to reduce maternal mortality in the state,” he said. declared.
The UNFPA official said as part of “ One UN Basket Fund Response ”, four states of Kano, Gombe, Kaduna and Sokoto are being supported to strengthen community awareness against COVID-19 to improve the health of people in communities.
The priority, he said, is on high load LGAs in Gombe state, where they have had the highest impact and burden of COVID-19 infection.
He added that UNFPA’s partnership with the Ministry of Health and the Primary Health Care Development Agency would continue given the gains of such a partnership in the fight against COVID-19.
“PPE saved lives because when COVID-19 arrived it changed our way of life in all aspects on a global scale and even now some people believe COVID-19 never existed .
“COVID-19 is real; even in the state of Gombe; we have had over 2,000 positive cases of COVID-19 patients. It does not exempt anyone, even health workers. We have had over 68 people infected and two have died, ” he said.
Lanre warned that the arrival of vaccines should not be used as an excuse to flout COVID-19 protocols, urging people to always adhere to preventative measures.
State Health Commissioner Habu Dahiru thanked UNFPA for this donation, noting that the fight against COVID-19 globally is a collective struggle.
Dahiru, represented by the director of diagnostic services, Mr. Ibrahim Hassan, accused residents of continuing to observe established protocols, adding that the fight against the virus was not over.
Receiving the items for later distribution to PHCs, Ms Bathsheba Kalah, the program coordinator, Nigerian Family Planning Federation (PPFN), Gombe State, said the items would be a great relief for the centers.
Kalah told the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) that she had received 1,000 pieces of Hypo, 1,000 pieces of liquid hand wash, 1,000 pieces of hand sanitizer and boxes of surgical gloves.
Others include boxes of examination gloves and safety glasses.
She said the items would be distributed to 16 SSPs each in Akko and Gombe LGAs, respectively, adding that these LGAs have the heaviest COVID-19 burden in the state.
Kalah called on health care providers in beneficiary PHCs to be cautious because “COVID-19 is real and we need to recognize this fact and take preventative measures and use the equipment wisely.”
She also called on health workers and other stakeholders to continue raising public awareness, particularly to eliminate perceptions that “COVID-19 is not real or has disappeared.” (NOPE)
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