Yola, September 30, 2022 – In line with the goal of improving the health of billions of people by 2023, the World Health Organization (WHO) is helping three states in northeastern Nigeria – Borno, Adamawa and Yobe – (BAY States) to strengthen their health workforce to respond to the humanitarian crisis affecting the region through the provision of essential health services, including health risk messaging and vaccination.
In the BAY states, approximately 8.4 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in 2022, women and children are the most vulnerable, exposed to gender-based violence and preventable epidemics.
In addition, thousands of people living in hard-to-reach areas lack access to essential health services that the state urgently needs.
So far in 2022 (January to June), WHO has piloted various strategies to ensure that millions of lives are saved through the provision of urgently needed health services, targeting the most vulnerable people prone to disease. epidemics and those living in hard-to-reach places with no access to health facilities.
In collaboration with partners, WHO continues to provide assistance, including the delivery of health services and building the capacity of over 1,400 health workers and 300 health sector partners to deliver health services quality and risk messages to the public.
WHO assistance in BAY states focuses on strengthening disease surveillance systems, nutrition, protection of people facing gender-based violence, immunization services and health care and has reached more one million people in the region.
Other services provided are outbreak response, specialized mental health care/psychosocial support, response to emergency health services through mobile health teams in hard-to-reach areas, seasonal chemoprevention campaign malaria, support for victims of gender-based violence and capacity building of health personnel in Member States.
Across the three states, WHO-supported mobile health teams reached 399,148 children with life-saving vaccines against killer childhood diseases such as measles, polio and others, 109,658 dewormed and 437,368 clients treated for minor illnesses.
In addition, 197,092 children were screened for malnutrition and 9,944 with severe acute malnutrition were referred to functional health facilities for further management, and 43,174 pregnant women received antenatal care services for prevent anemia during pregnancy, 31,937 pregnant women who received iron folate/ferric acid.
Welcoming the humanitarian support, Adamawa State Commissioner for Health and Social Services, Prof. Abdullahi Isa, said WHO was a reliable partner in the fight to provide universal health coverage to people in the north. -is.
He said WHO is committed to ensuring that no one is left behind in accessing quality health services, especially vulnerable people, as this is crucial to saving millions of lives. .
“The organization has been a trusted partner in interventions such as seasonal malaria chemoprevention, surveillance system strengthening and capacity building of health workers in the covid-19 response.
The support provided includes facilitating mobile health teams to reach underserved people living in hard-to-reach places in the state with urgently needed health services,” Professor Isa said.
Underlining the importance of the interventions, WHO North East Emergency Manager Dr Richard Lako said the WHO remained committed to leading and championing global efforts to give everyone, everywhere a chance. equals living a healthy life.
He said that regardless of the humanitarian crisis, people in the region deserved an equal chance to lead healthy lives.
“There is a need to continue the health response to mitigate the effects of the crisis in the region, to reduce mortality and morbidity rates by providing vital essential health services,” he said.
The interventions were possible thanks to the support of the German government, the United States Agency for International Development, the Nigerian Humanitarian Fund, Bill and Melinda Gates, the Emergency Contingency Fund, the European Union, civil protection and European and government humanitarian aid operations. from Canada.
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