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Aliyu, Sultan Partners MSF in War Against NOMA Disease

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Musa Na Allah Sokoto

Sokoto State Government has dedicated over 15 percent share of its 2024 Budget to developing the health sector, the first to manifest in the history of the state.

The Governor also said the allocation of 15 percent of the 2024 Fiscal Year state budget for the health sector was a clear indication that his administration was all out to improve the quality of lives of citizens of the state.

“This year the health sector was allocated 31.15 billion naira for completion of the state Teaching Hospital Kasarawa, procurement of medicaments and other equipment for Hospitals across the state.”

“My administration is not unaware of the cases of malnutrition among children in the state, but that narrative will soon be changing for the better under my administration”.

The Governor commended the international NGO, Medicins Sans Frontiers, NSF, (Doctors Without Border), and other stakeholders for their series of interventions geared towards complementing the efforts of the state government in its quest to remodel the health sector for sustainable development.

The Sultan of Sokoto and President General Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs in Nigeria, His Eminence, Dr. Muhammad Sa’ad Abubkar III has expressed his Commitment and determination to support all activities of Medicins Sans Frontiers (Doctors without Border) to achieve its desired objectives.

The Royal father made the remarks Saturday at the commemoration of 2023 World Noma Day organized by NOMA Hospital in collaboration with Medicins Sans Frontiers held at Sokoto Guest in.

He said the Sultanate was fully aware of the humanitarian gesture made by the International non-governmental organization in Nigeria and elsewhere across the globe which he hoped would be sustained over time.

The Sultan was represented at the occasion by the District head of Wurno Alhaji Muhammadu Chigari.

Earlier, the Project Coordinator of Medicins Sans Frontiers in Nigeria, Mr John Canty said malnutrition, poor oral hygiene, and lack of proper awareness are the major causes of the NOMA disease.

He called on stakeholders to join hands with the Organization in partnership with northern states to tackle the challenges of Noma disease among the populace.

The Project Manager of Medicins Sans Frontiers, Mr. Samuel Joseph, said Noma Day is celebrated every year to sensitize health personnel, community and religious leaders, and the public on the dangers of Noma disease.

He noted that the day provided an avenue to review achievements and challenges recorded in the preceding year.

According to him, the Organization targeted 230 major and minor surgeries this year, but we conducted 243 between January to October 2023.

“One thousand mental health consultations were made with 1782 cases of malnutrition treated during the period under review,” says Canty.

He said despite efforts made by the organization and other partners, the cases of noma disease were increasing by the day.

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