By our Taraba correspondent
Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku of Taraba state has lauded the ongoing efforts by the State Primary Health Care Development Agency (TSPHCDA) in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to train and build the capacity of health educators on basic key messages on Covid-19 pandemic prevention. Naija247news reports
The government who observed that the international organization have being at the forefront leading campaign to alleviate the plights of women and children, said the presence of the organisation in the state is “indeed a great blessing to us.”
Speaking through the Executive Secretary of the agency , Alhaji Aminu Hassan Jauro, yesterday during the health educators quarterly review meeting on community based prevention and awareness strategy on Covid-19, said the services being rendered in the state by the UNICEF have gone along way to herald smiles on the face of all asundries.
Describing the health educators as the “backbone of all the health services that we are rendering ” he urged them (heath educators) to take advantage of the various services being implemented in the state by the organization, to reach out to the people in the rural areas.
Stressing that “it is one thing for the government to provide the services, it is another thing for the people to access the services ” the health educators, as made known by the, must be seen as people disseminating the much needed information and services to the grassroots.
Also observed that the efforts of the health educators have yielded positive results which according to him “translated in making Nigeria polio free” he said the training would as well orient health educators on social and physical distancing, importance and practice to prevent outbreak and transmission of Covid-19.
Apart from the foregoing, he said they will be provided with guide for the training of town announcers and Ward Development Committee (WDC) for the dissemination of basic key messages on Covid-19
Charging the people to stay safe , and as well ensure that the communities are safe, the need for the health educators to tread extra legitimate miles in educating the people in the various Primary Health Care facilities scattered across the nooks and crannies of the state, he said , can no longer be overemphasized.
Some of the health educators who went ahead to make presentations on how they have being leveraging on other services to disseminate basic key messages on Covid-19 in their communities, reiterated their determinations to do more provided all the desired supports are extended to them.
The training and capacity building which brought health educators from the entire sixteen local government councils of the state, as observed by Naija247 News, was organised by the agency and supported by the UNICEF.