Khadija Saidu, Birnin Kebbi
Kebbi State Deputy Governor, Abubakar Umar Tafida has flagged-off SMC Malaria Consortium’s free distribution of Malaria Drugs at the Palace of the Emir of Argungu.
The free Malaria distribution program in the 21 Local Government Areas is in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, the State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, and other donor partners.
While speaking at the ceremony, Tafida expressed that the present administration is ready to support any program that has a direct bearing on the people of the state.
He further said: “Health issue is Paramount however we will do everything possible to ensure people in the state gets the best healthcare services Most especially women, children, and the old aged.”
Calling on the traditional rulers and people to continue to support, Governor Nasir Idris’s administration with a view to serve them better in line with their dream and aspirations.
He also appealed to parents to support this important program by availing their wards to get access to the free malaria drugs while urging staff and workers entrusted with the distribution of the free drugs across the state, to be honest, and have the fear of God in carrying out their duties to achieve success of the program.
In his remark, the Emir of Argungu, Alhaji Muhammad Mera, on behalf of the Argungu Emirate Council, pledged total support to the program because it is important to children.
He, therefore, called on all district heads, Village Chiefs, and ward heads under his Emirate to ensure compliance, usage, and support within their Communities and their environs.
To show his real support for the program, the Emir demonstrated by presenting his own son to be the first to benefit from the free malaria drug distribution in his Emirate so that others will follow suit.
He then appreciates the Kebbi State government, the Ministry of Health, the State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, the Malaria Consortium, and all other partners for honouring and selecting his Emirate to flag off SMC Malaria-free distribution of drugs.
Delivering their goodwill messages at the event, donor partners including WHO, and UNICEF, IHP among others all pledged their support to malaria-free drug distribution and wish the state government, the Malaria Consortium success.