By Stephen Adeleye
Abuja, Dec. 9, 2020
The Kogi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (KSPHCDA) has solicited the support of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) for replacement of the looted and vandalised medical items at Kogi Cold Store and NPI offices during the EndSARS protest.
Dr Abubakar Yakubu, the Executive Secretary of KSPHCDA, made the appeal when he led a team on a courtesy and congratulatory visit to the Executive Director of NPHCDA, Dr Faisal Shuaib in Abuja, on his re appointment for another four years in office.
Yakubu eulogised the ED for tremendous achievements the agency had recorded under his leadership, stressing that his reappointment did not come as a surprise based on his track records of achievements in primary health care and disease control as a whole in Nigeria.
Yakubu appealed to the ED to support the State for the release of cold chain equipment for the replacement of the looted ones such as freezers, refrigerators, cold boxes, vaccine carriers, among others.
He stressed that the impact of the looted and damaged cold chain equipment for Routine Immunization service delivery was grave, saying access to services would be hindered as the vaccines stored at LGA levels would soon be exhausted.
Yakubu prayed for more fruitful years and more wins ahead for the ED NPHCDA.
”I want to say thank you very much for this impressive efforts to come all the way from Kogi to visit us.
”Hopefully, within the next one week we will be able to address some of these issues you have raised if not all of them”, Shuaib said.
”It is not enough to bring in partners but we will work with only partners that are good to go and most productive.
”Once again I want to say thank you very much for coming, I know these are very challenging times for you because of the multiple challenges that you have to face notwithstanding some of the political issues that also exist.
”But this is an opportunity for you to imagine how you can transform primary healthcare in Kogi and I am hopeful that at the end of this crisis period you would come out stronger and be more effective towards the delivery of quality primary healthcare to the people of Kogi State”, he said.