The United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and the Canadian government in partnership with Taraba State Primary Health Care Agency yesterday commenced a free healthcare project tagged, ‘Hard To Reach.’
The project aimed at offering free medical services to children, women and the less-privileged in rural communities, with special focus on immunisation, polio, nutrition, malaria and community mobilisation on health matters was flagged off at Suriwa village, near Jalingo.
UNICEF head of field office in Bauchi, Alhaji Abdulahi Kakai at the launch of the programme said his office and the Canadian government had provided enough drugs for the exercise in all rural communities in the state.
Kakai disclosed that 450 medical and health workers had been employed and trained for the project on how to work in places with difficult terrains that had no health facilities.
He informed that the personnel were also trained on how to educate the local populace on cases of maternal mortality across the 350 localities in the the state,” he added.
Taraba governor, Darius Ishaku who was visible happy with the commencement of the project, pledged full support of the state government towards the success of the programme.