From Uche Uche, Damaturu
A civil society network ACOMIN, has through advocacy, facilitated the renovation of four primary healthcare facilities, made provision of beds as well as expanding one of the wards in a health facility in Yobe state.
Chairman of the organisation in the state, Muktar Mohammed made this known during the NGO’s fourth and the last meeting for the year 2020 which was held at the Hope Interactive conference hall, Jerusalem in Damaturu, Yobe state capital to showcase some of the salient achievements of the organisation working in five local governments of the state.
ACOMIN is the national network of civil society organizations working on the prevention, treatment and mitigation of the impact of malaria, as well as the promotion of immunization and better nutrition in Nigeria, which is being implemented, with 15 CBOs, in the five local governments of Potiskum, Damaturu, Fika, Jakusko, and Fune local government areas of the state
Within the year under review, 2020, the NGO, through advocacy to decision-makers and stakeholders in the health sector recorded some major successes which the chairman listed out to include, “renovation of Gadaka primary healthcare facility with the help of Performance-based Funding; Dogon Kuka health facility, with the help of Performance-Based Funding.
Others include the renovation of Belawa primary healthcare facility, expansion of one the health facility ward at the Yerimaram primary health care, provision of beds to the Danchuwa primary healthcare and the resolution of the issue of stock-out of malaria commodities, consumables, and non-consumables at Siminti primary healthcare and Kukareta maternal, child healthcare.
“Strong relationships and collaboration between the government, partners, and communities fostered these achievements and are a must if the successes will be sustained and exceeded and great results can be attained when the communities participate actively in health interventions,” Muktar said.
He also pointed out that malaria is a major public health problem in Nigeria and has the highest out of 15 countries and accounted for 80% of the global malaria deaths in 2016, all of which were in sub-Saharan Africa except for India.
“Malaria is a risk for 97% of Nigeria’s population, of which under-5 children and pregnant women are the most vulnerable and occurs all through the year and affect everybody, but children under 5 years and pregnant women are the most at risk.
In the course of the NGO’s intervention, the chairman said, it was discovered that a lot of communities needed to be cleaned pointing out that the unsanitary conditions found in such communities were breeding sites for mosquitos, the vector for malaria.
Consequently, the community accountability teams which are members of the communities in which the CBOs work provided sensitization on the dangers of the unsanitary conditions and equally mobilized some of the residents to carry out sanitation exercises in these communities and put a sustainable system in place to maintain success.