By ANAYO OKOLI
UMUAHIA—ABIA State governor, Chief Theodore Orji, has expressed determination of his government to meet targets set by the Bill and Melinda Gate Immunization Leadership Challenge Award for the Nigeria Governors Forum.
Governor Orji, who made the promise while receiving a delegation of World Health Organisation team on advocacy, explained that his administration attached great importance to the health needs of the citizenry.
He said the state government was determined to ensure that children were not affected and infected with the wild polio virus and other infant killer diseases.
Represented by his Deputy, Chief Emeka Ananaba, Orji explained that the challenges of the Bill and Melinda Gate Immunization Leadership Award were in line with his administration’s policy on health care, hence, the vested interest in ensuring success of National Polio Immunization in the state.
The governor announced with satisfaction that the state had not recorded any case of polio infection over the years and commended the Bill and Melinda Gate Immunization Leadership Challenge for its advocacy and support in eradicating polio in Nigeria.
Earlier in his speech, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Chief Eme Onyekaba, explained that the team was in the state to monitor and brief the governor on indicators that must be achieved before winning the Bill and Melinda Gate Award.
He stressed the need for the state to improve on some areas where they were lagging behind in delivering primary health care.