UNICEF Herald Smiles On The Faces Of Hard-To-Reach Taraba Communities


Succor has began to reach out to rural communities in Taraba state as the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) flagged off the Hard-To-Reach project in the state.

The project if well executed by those assigned with the responsibilities, as observed by our reporter in Taraba, would not only halt patients in the Hard-To-Reach areas of the state from dying from preventable ailments, but would as well prevent pregnant mothers from dying when putting to bed.

The project which was flagged off in Surewa community of Yorro Local Government Council, brought together dignitaries from the nooks and crannies of the state, among which includes the state governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku, his deputy, Engineer Haruna Manu, the First Lady, Barrister Anna Ishaku, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Anthony Jellason.

Others are, the commissioner for Health, Dr. Innocent Vakkai, World Health Representatives as well as traditional rulers from the state.

Unlike in the past when persons domiciling in the Hard-To-Reach areas of the state are compelled to undergo severe pains before receiving medical attention, UNICEF action, as noticed by our state correspondent, would definitely go a long way to herald smiles on the faces of rural dwellers in the state.

The project which is being funded by the Canadian government in partnership with the UNICEF, Naija247 News gathered would supply drugs and other material needed for the entire period that the HTR project will last in the state.

Speaking at the event, the Chief of Field Office, UNICEF, Bauchi Field Office, Dr. Abdulai Kaikai, said no fewer than 433 agile and competent men and women health sector based workforce have been recruited.

Apart from the aforementioned, the International Organization (UNICEF) as made known has as well ” identified and mapped three hundred and fifty (350) hard to reach settlements in the state for the project.”

Kaikai who was visibly elated and optimistic that the project would see the light of the day as the state governor according to him, has shown his readiness to ” rescue” the health sector, as the sum of N96Million UNICEF counterparts fund was said to have been paid by him, UNICEF, according to him has  also “trained 385 Volumes Community Mobilizers to help improve the health seeking behaviors of their communities, ensure new borns receive complete routine immunization  dose as well as follow up and educate pregnant mothers on the need for safe delivery by referring the to the catchment health facilities and mobilize the community for health outreach team.”

Noting that UNICEF has “trained 48 competent indigenous health workers on contemporary based health service delivery to work in the HTR settlements” 508 health kits from the Copenhagen containing basic medicines to support the HTR outreach team to meet the health needs of the people, he said have supplied and delivered to the state.

The health team assigned to each of the 350 settlements, as stated by him will diagnosis and treat common childhood ailments such as malaria, pneumonia, diarrhea, skin diseases. adding that  basic ANC and PNC for pregnant and nursing mother respectively, administration of Vitamin and deworming as well as health education, will all be addressed by  the health workers.

Pleased that  Taraba state is the first state in the North-East zone and probably in the country at large that the project had been flagged off, Governor Ishaku admonished the beneficiary communities to ” cooperate with government” in ensuring that it’s dreams for the health sector is actualized stressing that   “government will ensure total success for the HTR.”

The PrimaryHealth Care Agency in collaboration with UNICEF under the supervision of the state Ministry of Health, according to the Health commissioner, Dr. Innocent Vakkai,” worked intensively and tirelessly in building up the Hard-To-Reach team who are the core implemented a of this project.

In their contributions the monarch who was led by the Chief of Ibi, Alhaji Abubakar D Saliu. said the traditional al rulers would not derail in their assigned role, as they would work tirelessly round the clock to encourage their subjects to desist from toying with the HTR project.