By Ndahi Marama
MAIDUGURI â€” BORNO is the only state that has not signed the Memoranda of Understanding, MoU, with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, which will enable the state enjoy the benefits of improved health care services.
Dr. Aliyu Mohammed Pate, Executive Director of the agency, made this known while speaking at the palace of the Emir of Dikwa when he called on him as part of his working visit to the state.
He said that the failure to sign the MoU has left Borno State far behind other states in the provision of essential health care as the state does not enjoy the midwifery scheme introduced by the Federal Government as an intervention to reduce maternal mortality even when it has the highest rate of deaths in the country.
â€œIt is unfortunate that lives are lost by women in the process of giving birth and without signing the MoU, the state in particular cannot benefit from the noble innovation of the midwifery scheme meant to reduce the maternal mortality in the state, which is the highest in the country,â€ he said.
Speaking on the current National Programme on Immunisation, with particular reference to Polio, Dr. Pate said it was heart-warming to note that not a single case of wild Polio Virus type I was recorded in Borno State from July to December 2009.
He, therefore, called for sustained effort at immuni-sation to eradicate the disease.
He added that immunisation should become a matter of routine so that maternal mortality level, which has reached a crisis situation, could be stopped.