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*Anambra Will Remain Polio-Free - Obi
Masterweb Reports - Thursday, May 17, 2012: Governor Peter Obi said that Anambra State would remain polio-free as his government was determined to keep tackling health challenges of any form in the State. He said this yesterday, during the campaign for the eradication of polio from the State at the premises of Regina Caeli Hospital, Awka.
Gov. Obi, accompanied by his wife, Margaret; daughter, Amaka; Commissioner for Health, Prof. Linus Ilika and other Exco members, kicked the exercise off by administering immunisation to many children. He said that he always tried to grace the campaign personally because children, who were the future of the society were concerned. He maintained that any society that neglected to take care of her children and the youth would suffer the consequences in future.
The Governor who expressed happiness over the improvement in all health indices of the State, including the accreditation of major health institutions in the state that lost accredited before he took over Government, promised that he would not relent.
Expressing satisfaction with the way churches have managed the schools handed over to them, he said that Government had in her kitty the sum of 1.2 Billion Naira to be given to Churches to rehabilitate the Secondary schools handed over to them. This, he said, would translate to 20 Million Naira per secondary school. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Governor Peter Obi feeds a child at the event.
He also donated a brand new ambulance to Regina Ceali hospital, which was received by the Bishop of Awka, Rt Rev. Dr. Paulinus Ezeokafor, who thanked God for what he called the gift of Peter Obi to the State.
Earlier in a broadcast at the government house, the governor thanked those collaborating with the government in the fight against polio. His words: “We thank our partners - WHO, UNICEF, WORLD BANK, BILL GATES, DFID, USAID, Red Cross, Rotary International, National Primary Health Care Development Agency and others for their contributions. We will continue to partner with them in our concerted effort to eradicate polio. Our commitment to achieving the MDGs and making our people healthy and happy is total. Today, again, I wish to reaffirm our resolve”.
The representative of Rotary Club, Rotarian Chika Ekwueme expressed happiness that for five years, Anambra has remained polio-free, which he attributed to the governor’s commitment to the people of the State.
In his remarks, the Commissioner for health, prof. Linus Amobi Ilika siad the immunisation was targeted at 2 million Children.
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