Jigawa State government under its programme “Jakadan Lafiya” (Health Ambassador) has mobilised over 12,000 volunteers to strengthen the state’s public health system.
The executive secretary State Primary Healthcare Board, Dr Kabiru Ibrahim revealed this while speaking at a one day learning events organised by the state in collaboration with UK funded project MNCH2 held at Manpower Development Centre in Dutse, the state capital.
He said that the state government was disturbed over the persistent report of poor health indices in the state, and in an effort to provide sustainable solution to the problems government came up with the idea of Jakadan Lafiya.
Dr Kabiru revealed that, the concept have already started yielding fruitful result being one of the contributory factors in making unprecedented changes in the state immunisation coverage and other health issues.
According to him as a result of combined efforts from government, state Ministry of Health, donor partners, traditional institutions, religious leaders, volunteers and general public , the state immunisation coverage has changed from 7 per cent in 2016 to 92 per cent in the first quarter of 2019 which is the highest in Nigeria.
He stated that Jakadan Lafiya is a programme in which people of integrity, selfless commitment and community acceptance are identified through traditional rulers to serve as members of the committee representing their own community.
“Jigawa has over 12,000 communities and in each community we have volunteers who are expected to report any health challenges in their community, enlighten the community on available health services, disease surveillance, death and birth registration, other required health information and data gathering,” he said.
He however revealed that the volunteers would be given training occasionally to build their capacity for managing the work in a better way.
In his goodwill message, the UK funded programme, Maternal and New Born Child Health (MNCH2) Project Director and National Team Leader, Mr Jabulani Nyenwa congratulated Jigawa State government for successful initiatives that have improved the health of the people of the state.