EU, UNICEF Delivering Healthcare Services to Our Doorstep – Kebbi Monarch
By Uangbaoje Alex, Birni Kebbi
District Head of Jandutse in Jega Local Government Area of Kebbi State, said on Tuesday that the European Union (EU) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), are delivering healthcare services to their doorsteps through their outreach programme.
Abubakar, in an interview with journalists in Jandutse, stated that the programme “Integrated Community Case Management (ICCM)” is saving the lives of children under five years in the state.
According to him, over the years the programme had saved many children in the area from preventable death caused by malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea, which were preventable and curable.
The ICCM programme being implemented by UNICEF was introduced in 2016 to particularly take healthcare services to hard-to-reach (HTR) communities, targeting children under five years.
The district head described the initiative as “life-saving”, pointing out that many children under five years in HTR communities were not accessing healthcare services leading to several preventable deaths.
“But since the introduction of the intervention by UNICEF and EU, the survival rate of children under five years in my communities have improved due to increased access to healthcare services and drugs.
“The volunteers were reaching out to children in most communities that were hitherto not accessing healthcare services and were treating them of malaria, pneumonia, and diarrhea diseases.
“The CORPs not only provides services against the three major childcare diseases, but also create a linkage between health facilities and the communities,” he said.
Abubakar added that he has mobilised politicians, rich people and businessmen and women in the district to get them to pool resources in support of the initiative for sustainability.
He also said that to encourage the CORPs, who were providing the services for free, the communities have set aside plots of land where they cultivate crops and donates the harvest to the volunteers.
Also speaking, the State ICCM Focal Person, Mrs Naomi Maidawa, revealed that about 3,000 community volunteers were trained to provide services against common childhood illnesses specifically malaria, pneumonia, and diarrhea in 1,050 HTR communities.
Maiwada added that the volunteers, selected by community members were trained and kitted as Community Oriented Resource Persons (CORPs) by UNICEF under the UNICEF and EU Maternal, Newborn, Child Health and Nutrition (MNCHN) project.
She said that the CORPs had so far reached 372,789 children under five years from 2016 to 2019.
One of the CORPs, Saidu Ibrahim, said that he reaches out to between two and five children under five years daily in his area of coverage.
Ibrahim, who was at the Palace of the district head to provide health services to a year-old girl, said that he finds joy providing life-saving services to children.
He thanked the UNICEF, EU and his community for given him the opportunity to serve humanity, particularly saving the life of children, whom he described as the “future of humanity”.