Three Northern States inaugurate committee on COVID-19

Three Northern states had in conjunction with the management staff of Usmanu Danfodiyo University inaugurates a committee to serve as a think tank on matters related to health in the affected states during and after COVID-19 pandemic.

The three-state includes Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara, described the duty of the committee was to serve as an advisory committee in which the decisions though non-binding should be given relevance in the planning and delivery of health services in the region.

Speaking while delivering his opening remarks, the Vice-Chancellor of Usman Danfodiyo University, Professor L.S. Bilbis, said the objective of the stakeholders meeting was to protect and improve the health and well-being of the people of the three states through robust research and training.

“To come up with a monitoring and peer review mechanism that will support each state to implement its health development plan taking cognizance of its current strength and weaknesses.

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“To conduct periodic operational research that will improve service delivery and public health activities in the state states and come up with a regional health development plan.”

The Vice-Chancellor further challenge the Committee to embark on research, knowledge sharing, intelligence gathering, advocacy as well as a partnership which he said will provide governments, commercial industries and health care managers.

Speaking earlier, the Commissioner for Health in Zamfara State, Dr Yahya Mohammed Kanoma, commended the management of the University for coming up with the idea.

He reassured the management and the committee of the total support of both the government and people of Zamfara in achieving the desired results.

The Commissioner commended the governors of the three states for taking proactive steps in the way they all handle the pandemic in the region. He said all necessary equipment required in the treatment of COVID-19 was provided by them.

The Sokoto State Commissioner for Health and the chairman of Tasks Force against COVID-19 in the state, Dr Muhammed Ali Inname described the regional stakeholders consultative meeting as a welcome development.

He said the three states are coming together to address the issue of COVID-19 pandemic and other diseases.

“The three states as we all know did not only share the same border but also has same socio-cultural behaviour,” he said.

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