As part of strategic campaign to reduce the high rate of child death in Jigawa state, Tens of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members were trained, Thursday, on pneumonia infection and other related child killer diseases.
Speaking at the opening sessions of the training, the Chief of Party, Integrated and Sustained Childhood Pneumonia and Infectious Diseases Reduction in Nigeria (INSPIRING), Dr Isa Adamu said the program is aimed at expanding their scope of engagement in the fight against Pneumonia.
The Chief of Party, INSPIRING, Dr. Isa Adamu, who was represented by the Health Financing and Advocacy Specialist, Save the Children, Jigawa state office, Mr. George Akor explained that, the project is funded by an international giant Pharmaceutical Company, Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK).
He noted that, the prospective health workers Corpse member were selected for the training to enable them carry out the campaign during their community service and beyond.
Dr. Isa added that, the training includes how to protect, identity and control pneumonia as well as seeking appropriate medication to reduce the menace of the disease in Nigeria.
“The campaign against pneumonia which is first of its kind in Nigeria is operating in two state Lagos and Jigawa.
“From 2018 to date, we trained hundreds of community volunteers, health workers and other key stakeholders on Pneumonia Infection, Prevention and Control.
“For years, Pneumonia has been killing children without been listed among major child killer disease, to bring out the endemic scourge of the disease, we chose Lagos being a metropolitan state and Jigawa as a rural state for our pilot intervention, and also to show that the problem can be addressed in all state of the federation,” he declared.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Jigawa State Coordinator, NYSC, Hajiya Aishatu Adam commended Save the Children for engaging Corps members in the campaign against child killer disease.
She said, promoting integration, peace, development and survival of every Nigerian are among the cardinal principles of the scheme and certainly the fight against Pneumonia is within the scope.
The Coordinator who was represented by Mr. Sammanuwa Yusuf assured Save the Children that NYSC members will deliver a good job in the fight against pneumonia and other child killer diseases