TSPHCDA, UNICEF, others move to address challenges pose by Cameroon refugees, insecurity on health care facilities


By Our Taraba state correspondent

Perturbed by the challenges presently being posed by the massive presence of displaced persons from the neighboring country of the Republic of Cameroon in some parts of Taraba state, the state Primary Health Care Development Agency along side with its development partners, have fashioned out plans to prevent its health facilities from further being overstretched.

Among such plans which was at weekend carried out in the four local government councils presently confronting security challenges and the presence of refugees from the aforementioned country includes town hall meetings with the entire stakeholders.

The meeting which Naija247 News observed heralded the presence of stakeholders from the nooks and crannies of Donga,Takum, Ussa and Wukari councils, according to the Executive Secretary of the agency, Alhaji Aminu Hassan Jauro, was necessitated by the incessant upheavals in the areas often cause by herders and farmers.

More to that, the uprising in the Southern parts of Cameroon which have compelled some of its citizens to flee to the councils for refuge the situation which the agency observed to be affecting the health facilities, as made known by Jauro, also necessitated the town hall meeting.

Speaking through the agency’s Health Educator, Mrs. Mercy Maigoge, the agency confirmed that they are aware of the challenges health facilities located in the aforementioned councils ” are presently facing following the security situation and the presence of refugees from our neighboring country.”

The situation as made known by the Executive Secretary, would not halt the agency from achieving hundred percent of routine immunization coverage.

To actualized this dream, he charged stakeholders to work round the clock to mobilize eligible children for the relevant vaccines which according to him ” are not harmful” stating that ” all that the agency and our partners are after is no make sure that our women and children did not die from preventable diseases.”

Challenging the stakeholders to encourage women of childbearing age to access the facilities, the agency along side with its development partners as well as the state government, he said are leaving no stone unturned to improve on the healthcare facilities in the four councils.

Some stakes who made their minds known agreed that health facility situated in the councils are presently being overstretched hence the need for the federal government to as a matter of urgency intervene by supporting the state government.

One of the councils chairman who narrated how the influx of Cameroonian refugees is fast crippling the facility in his domain stressed the need for both the state and the federal government to established an hospital for the Council (Ussa) stating that what ” we have here is a clinic, so we need hospital to address these challenges.”

Traditional rulers as well as religious leaders who also made their minds known reiterated their determination to throw their weights in support of the agency to achieving its dreams of saving women and children from contacting any of the killer diseases earlier enumerated.

Security personnel who were as well not left out at the meeting vowed to provide adequate security for health officials who would be assigned with the responsibility of carrying out the routine immunizations.

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