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UNICEF director makes case for health sector

Ms Ann Veneman, UNICEF Executive Director, said on Sunday said the Federal, states and local governments need to pay more attention to the health sector, especially as it affects children.

Veneman stated this when she visited the Dispensary Centre in Bini Village in the Wamakko Local Government Area of Sokoto as part of her official visit to the Nigeria.

According to her, the health of children will make more positive impact to the entire community and the country in general.

She urged that health issues such as maternal health, child killer diseases, environmental sanitation and personal hygiene, among others, should be given priority.

The UNICEF boss also pledged UNICEF’s assistan-ce in the health sector, especially in the provision of health care facilities to communities.

She said that UNICEF would also assist in providing public latrines to more communities to boost good health for the people.

Also speaking, Dr Abdulrazaq Gandi, a Director in the state’s Ministry of Health told Veneman that the dispensary was rendering basic health services to people of the community.

Gandi identified the services as maternal health services, outpatient and ante-natal care among others.

The Chairman of the Village Health Committee in the area, Alhaji Muhammadu Bello, commended UNICEF for assisting the community.


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