Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State
In a well attended colourful occasion, the Bauchi State Government flagged off a massive campaign to immunise 500, 000 people in Alkaleri and Tafawa Balewa local government areas of the state to curtail the spread of Yellow fever.
Governor Bala Mohammed made this known at the flag off of aerial spray against quella birds, mosquitoes and reactive vaccination in response to yellow fever, held at the Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa International Airport, Bauchi.
The governor said the exercise which involved spray of affected areas and vaccination against yellow fever, was a testimony of the commitment of the administration to health issues and response to emergencies.
The governor revealed that the vaccination would be conducted to people in high risks areas of Alkaleri and Tafawa Balewa local government areas and urged those living in the affected areas to cooperate and support the effort by coming out in large numbers to be vaccinated.
Governor Mohammed commended traditional rulers in the state particularly the Emir of Dass, His Royal Highness Bilyaminu Othman for creating awareness among their subjects regarding the outbreak of yellow fever in parts of the state and the support of development partners such as WHO, UNICEF, Federal Ministry of Health, among others for their support to the state.
On the aerial spray of quella birds, the governor lamented the menace of the birds on farm produce and commended the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development for providing aircrafts to be used to spray.
He assured that his administration would continue to give priority to health and preventive medicine hence the declaration of State of Emergency in the health sector and increase of the health budget to 16 per cent in the 2019 state budget.
The governor said as a demonstration of the commitment of his administration to the sector, N200million has been paid as counterpart funds to the Melinda and Bill Gates and Dangote Foundation, UNICEF and USAID.